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Report: 49ers’ rival had plans to sign Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo in a helmet and pads

Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers secured a reliable backup quarterback when they signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a restructured contract. They also kept the veteran away from a division rival.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams were planning to sign Garoppolo had the Niners released him. The two sides reportedly “had the makings of a deal” in place.

Schefter notes that the Rams’ interest in Garoppolo did not have a direct impact on San Francisco’s negotiations with the 30-year-old. The 49ers were unaware that the Rams wanted Garoppolo until after they signed Jimmy G. to a new one-year deal that is worth up to $16 million with incentives.

The Rams have been aggressive in acquiring veteran players over the past several seasons. While they have downplayed Matthew Stafford’s elbow ailment, it is possible that the injury may have been a factor in their desire to sign a proven backup like Garoppolo.

Some have wondered if San Francisco’s decision to keep Garoppolo has something to do with their lack of trust in Trey Lance, but Kyle Shanahan insists that is not the case. In any event, the Niners would much rather have Garoppolo riding their bench than that of their biggest division rival.

Kyle Shanahan gets defensive over Trey Lance-Jimmy Garoppolo question

Kyle Shanahan with a headset

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are committed to Trey Lance as their starting quarterback heading into the season, and head coach Kyle Shanahan is tired of hearing the narrative that he is not fully confident in the former first-round pick.

The Niners agreed to a restructured contract with Jimmy Garoppolo last week after they were unable to trade him. Garoppolo knows he is No. 2 behind Lance, but some have theorized that San Francisco’s decision to keep him is an indication that they are not convinced Lance is ready for the big stage.

That talk gained even more steam when Lance was not announced as one of the 49ers’ six team captains this week. Shanahan told reporters that Lance would have been the seventh. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out that the Niners had seven captains in 2020 and 2021, but Shanahan said the decision to limit it to six was based in part on the number of players who are allowed at the coin toss before the game.

Shanahan was asked during his Friday appearance on KNBR about the conclusion Florio and others have drawn, which is that Lance is entering the season “on thin ice.” The coach got quite defensive.

When asked why the 49ers would not make Lance a captain if they truly believe in him as a quarterback and a leader, Shanahan said the team does not make decisions just to appease the Twitter masses.

Lance has said he is thrilled that Garoppolo will remain his teammate, but one report claimed that was not his reaction behind closed doors.

It makes sense if the Niners want Lance to earn his keep, but starting quarterbacks are almost always captains — even rookies and first-year starters. The fact that San Francisco had seven captains the past two seasons but decided to cut things off at six this year certainly invites questions. Shanahan has not done the best job of answering them.

Report: 49ers’ decision left Trey Lance ‘annoyed’

Trey Lance on the field

Dec 19, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) smiles after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a restructured contract with Jimmy “Ghost” Garoppolo last week after they were unable to trade him. While Trey Lance has said he is glad to still have Garoppolo as a teammate, his initial reaction may have indicated otherwise.

In his latest column for The MMQB, Albert Breer said he was told Lance was “a little annoyed” after the Niners decided to keep Garoppolo. Breer notes, however, that Lance is a mature player who can handle the situation.

The Niners are bringing Garoppolo back on a deal that includes $6.5 million in base salary, which is less than what Lance will make in the second year of his rookie contract. Ghost’s deal includes incentives that can bring the total amount up to $16 million. After the 49ers announced the new agreement, Lance said it is “awesome” that Garoppolo is remaining in San Francisco for the time being.

Lance has spoken highly of Garoppolo in the past. He even said Jimmy G. has been like a “big brother” to him. That does not necessarily mean he was thrilled about San Francisco keeping Garoppolo around, as Garoppolo’s past success with the Niners could make Lance feel like his job is less secure.

The 49ers can still trade Garoppolo, and all it would take is an injury elsewhere in the league for them to potentially find a suitor. Still, there is one particular reason the restructured contract may have bothered Lance.

Jimmy Garoppolo deal has 1 serious implication for 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo in a helmet and pads

Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy “Ghost” Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers on Monday agreed to a restructured contract for the 2022 season. Though the deal is between Garoppolo and the Niners, it says more about another player on the team.

Garoppolo was originally under contract to make $26.95 million from the 49ers this season. But they could have cut him and only had a $2 million dead cap hit.

Rather than cut Garoppolo, the Niners are bringing him back in 2022 on a $6.5 million base salary. Ghost can make up to $16 million based on playing time incentives.

Why would the 49ers choose to pay Garoppolo more money to be their backup rather than outright cut him? Probably because they are not too confident in the abilities of Trey Lance.

The Niners traded up to draft Lance in 2021. He sat on the bench, backing up Ghost last season. The Niners spent all offseason publicly backing Lance and saying he would be the starter.

If San Francisco felt so great about Lance’s status, they would probably cut Garoppolo and use the extra money to improve another part of their team.

Now that the Niners will have both Lance and Garoppolo on the squad, we’re left wondering what the team will do for their No. 3 slot. They have Nate Sudfeld, who was guaranteed $2 million on a one-year deal, and 7th-round pick Brock Purdy. They will have to make another choice about their quarterbacks.

Jimmy Garoppolo’s new 49ers contract contains 2 interesting clauses

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy “Ghost” Garoppolo have resolved the quarterback’s contract situation.

Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed to a restructured deal that will keep the quarterback in SF for the season. But his deal contains a few interesting clauses.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Garoppolo’s contract calls for the QB to make $6.5 million in base salary this season. That amount is fully guaranteed.

Garoppolo can earn $500,000 in roster bonuses. He can also earn as much as $9 million more based on playing time bonuses.

So if Garoppolo ends up starting several games, it sounds like he could end up making as much as $16 million for the season.

But there are two interesting clauses in his contract, according to Schefter. Schefter says Garoppolo has a no-trade clause and a no-tag clause. That means the Niners can’t trade Garoppolo this season, and they can’t use a franchise tag on him next season. The implication is that Garoppolo will play for the Niners this season and become a free agent after the season.

This is not the outcome many people would have expected earlier this offseason.

Rumors throughout the offseason suggested the 49ers would trade Garoppolo while promoting Trey Lance to starter. The problem is no trade market developed for Garoppolo at his $24 million salary. Rather than get cut, Garoppolo decided to stay in San Francisco, where he must feel he has a good chance of receiving playing time.

The deal seems to signal that the 49ers have some concerns about Lance and want a trustworthy backup for him this season. If they didn’t have those concerns, they probably would have cut Garoppolo outright, which would have left them with only a $2 million dead cap hit.

Report: 49ers prefer not to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to 1 team

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The trade market for Jimmy Garoppolo does not appear to be robust, and that may be because the San Francisco 49ers do not want to do business with one of the most logical suitors for the veteran quarterback.

NFL reporter Jordan Schultz said Monday that Niners general manager John Lynch does not want to trade Garoppolo to the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks.

As Schultz noted, San Francisco has not made any real progress toward trading Garoppolo. A recent report indicated that there simply may not be any teams that want him.

One of the reasons the Niners do not have much leverage is that rival teams probably do not believe they are going to keep Garoppolo on their roster as a backup. They have fully committed to Trey Lance, and they can save more than $25 million against the salary cap if they release Garoppolo before Tuesday afternoon.

The Seahawks will enter the 2022 season with Geno Smith as their starting quarterback. He beat out Drew Lock during the offseason. There had been talk all summer that they might try to upgrade, but you can understand why completing a deal with the 49ers would be a challenge.

Report: 49ers do not have trade partner for Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have elected to move forward with quarterback Trey Lance, which means Jimmy Garoppolo is expendable. That’s not a surprise — that was the expectation entering the new league year back in March.

What does come as a bit of a surprise is how shallow Garoppolo’s market has proven to be. And by shallow, we really mean non-existent.

Despite countless rumors of alleged interest from team’s around the league, nothing has materialized for the 49ers. And as the NFL’s final cutdown day rapidly approaches, that very much remains the case. In fact, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that San Francisco appears poised to be left emptyhanded.

“Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers, obviously he is not their future quarterback, they’ve made that abundantly clear it’s going to be Trey Lance,” Rapoport said on Friday.

“Are the 49ers going to be able to trade him and his 20-plus million dollar salary? My understanding is a trade partner as of right now, absent of a quarterback injury, does not exist. The 49ers’ options, and they’ve made this very clear, including recently through the comments of general manager John Lynch last night, options are either to cut him or somehow, some way, keep him on the roster. We will see which way they end up going, but an answer must come pretty soon.”

Garoppolo’s salary isn’t the the only thing plaguing a potential deal or throttling interest. He’s also returning from an offseason shoulder surgery, which comes on the heels a very mediocre career to date.

The 49ers now have a difficult choice to make: Cut Garoppolo and get nothing, or try to keep him on the roster and hope another team gets desperate.

Did 49ers DB rat out teammate about uniform violation?

George Odum in a practice jersey

Jul 28, 2022; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety George Odum (30) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility near Levi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has fined San Francisco 49ers safety George Odum for a uniform violation, but he thinks they got it all wrong. In fact, Odum recently shared a photo that seems to contradict the league’s explanation for the $5,305 fine he received.

However, in sharing that image, Odum may have also inadvertently ratted on a teammate, who did appear to be violating the NFL’s uniform rule.

“So I got fined 5k,” Odum wrote. “Yeah, the NFL something (else). Talking about my knees not covered. Where?”

In the image, it’s clear that Odum (No. 30) has his knees entirely covered. But the same can not be said for whichever 49ers player is standing off to his right (our left) and behind him. In the background, there also appears to be a second 49ers player who does not have his knees entirely covered.

As part of Odum’s fine, the NFL explained their decision citing their “uniform and equipment rules.”

“Specifically, your pants failed to cover the knee area. Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3, Item (4) of the 2022 Official Playing Rules of the National Football League states that pants must be worn over the entire knee area; pants shortened or rolled up to meet the stockings above the knee are prohibited,” the letter read.

It’s entirely possible that Odum had his knee exposed at another point during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. It’s also entirely possible the NFL fined the wrong guy, whom Odum has now unintentionally exposed.

Thus far, the league has not publicly addressed Odum’s complaint or the photo.

Brett Favre critical of 1 team’s ‘absolutely crazy’ QB decision

Brett Favre with an arm raised

Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receiving it during halftime of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016. Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is baffled by how one team is handling its quarterback situation heading into the 2022 season.

Favre said on “The 33rd Team” the San Francisco 49ers were “absolutely crazy” to be moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo in favor of Trey Lance, and that Garoppolo should keep his starting job.

“Cutting him or letting him go or asking him to take a pay cut is, to me, absolutely crazy,” Favre said of Garoppolo. “He’s not as flashy, not near as flashy. He wasn’t their first-round pick. And no offense toward Trey Lance, but what Jimmy has done is win and win, win, win. Again, not flashy, so it’s not the glamorous pick, but my goodness, the guy has won and put them in a position to compete for the Super Bowl year in and year out and deserves the right to keep playing.”

Favre is obviously a fan of Garoppolo’s proven resume. He has taken the 49ers to one Super Bowl and reached the NFC championship game a second time last season.

The 49ers drafted Lance third overall in 2021, and have been fully committed to making him the starter for 2022. They have been looking to trade Garoppolo, but have had difficulty finding a market for him. Part of that is down to the $24 million in salary he is owed.

The 49ers are adamant that Lance is ready. Favre is not as convinced, and some within the NFL would seem to agree with his take on things.

49ers GM John Lynch drops hint about Jimmy Garoppolo situation

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are still looking to find a trade partner for Jimmy Garoppolo, and general manager John Lynch may have dropped a hint about the situation this week.

During an appearance on KNBR’s “Tolbert & Copes” show Tuesday afternoon, Lynch was asked if the Niners have a timeline for when they want to trade Garoppolo. While he said “everything’s open” if the team does not wind up dealing the quarterback, he seemed to indicate that Garoppolo could be on the move soon.

“Yeah, you know, I think we’re getting pretty close,” Lynch said, as transcribed by David Bonilla of 49ers Webzone. “From the beginning, I think our take has been that Jimmy’s a good player. He’s a starting quarterback all day long in this league, and I think proven to be a really good one. Just look at the record, look at where he’s taken us. And so, with guys like that, you don’t just give it away.”

Lynch also spoke about how Garoppolo’s offseason shoulder surgery made trade discussions more complicated. He said the 49ers have not received an offer “that would make us jump,” which is likely Lynch’s way of trying to maintain leverage in negotiations.

The Niners are fully committed to Trey Lance, so it makes no sense for them to keep a $24 million backup on the roster. There has been some talk of them potentially releasing Garoppolo before final roster cuts, though they obviously would prefer to get something of value in return.

A new team may have recently entered the mix for Garoppolo. The question is how much a suitor is willing to pay knowing the 49ers do not want to keep Jimmy G. on their roster.