Though 49ers GM John Lynch said on Tuesday that Beathard played well in Week 11 and could continue playing, he added that he believes Garoppolo “is going to be our guy.”
Lynch added that the team feels comfortable at the quarterback position: “You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is.”
Last week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the 49ers were targeting Week 12’s game against the Seahawks for Garoppolo’s debut as their starting quarterback. However, following their win over the Giants, it appears that the team wants to continue playing Beathard.
San Francisco has made it clear that they won’t rush Garoppolo to play this season, despite the fact that he’s in line to be an unrestricted free agent next March. Of course, the 49ers could always use their franchise tag on Garoppolo next year if needed.
Reports are currently all over the place in regards to the 49ers’ plans for Garoppolo, as Schefter reported that even though the 49ers gave up a second-round pick to get Garoppolo in their recent trade with the Patriots, it doesn’t mean they will definitely enter into a long-term partnership with the quarterback.
According to Schefter, the possibility still exists that San Francisco could elect to draft their quarterback of the future next year or attempt to sign a free agent such as Kirk Cousins.
Beathard, 24, was taken in the third-round of this year’s draft by the 49ers. He signed a four-year, $3.528 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $465,000 and $625,393 over the next two years of the agreement.
So far this season, Beathard has recorded 101 completions on 186 attempts (54.3 percent) for 1,229 yards, four touchdowns, five interceptions, to go along with 20 rushing attempts for 115 yards (5.8 YPC) for three touchdowns, while also losing two fumbles.