The trade market for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been at a standstill since the veteran underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder in March. He’s scheduled to resume throwing in the next couple of weeks, which could rekindle his trade market.
Rapoport adds that while Garoppolo is set to begin throwing again, he still likely will need some ramp-up time and that will impact his market. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer noted Garoppolo’s injury has been a tricky one in the past for quarterbacks and he’ll have to prove to teams he’s ready for the season.
Breer also reported Monday that San Francisco has been willing for some time to let Garoppolo negotiate directly with other teams to lower his scheduled cap number for 2022. He’s due $25 million in total compensation and only Carolina and Cleveland currently have enough cap space to take that on without clearing any space.
That figure becomes fully guaranteed if Garoppolo is on the roster in Week 1 for the 49ers, so if they can’t work something out by then, Breer writes it stands to reason they would cut Garoppolo to save that money for extensions for WR Deebo Samuel and DE Nick Bosa.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said recently he still expects Garoppolo to be traded at some point, though he stopped short of guaranteeing it.
Garoppolo, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2014. The Patriots traded him to the 49ers in 2017 at the trade deadline in return for a 2018 second-round pick.
Garoppolo was in line to be an unrestricted free agent when the 49ers signed him to a five-year, $137.5 million contract during the 2018 offseason.
He’s in the final year of that deal and slated to make a base salary of $24.2 million in 2022.
In 2021, Garoppolo appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns.
We will have more news on Garoppolo as it becomes available.