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49ers coach has surprising comment about 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

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan on Tuesday offered a somewhat surprising comment about the Jimmy Garoppolo situation.

There has been talked all offseason (and even before that) that the Niners would be trading Garoppolo. However, Shanahan has hedged on that position.

Shanahan said that while he expects Jimmy G to be traded, that is not guaranteed.

“I expect at sometime he’ll be traded but it’s not a guarantee. It went on hold when (surgery) happened,” Shanahan said via Bay Area News Group 49ers reporter Cam Inman.

The 49ers moved up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select quarterback Trey Lance No. 3 overall. They have already invested heavily in him, which made it so likely they would part ways with Garoppolo. But Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery complicated trade talks and resulted in teams wanting to wait before making a deal for him. Beyond that, there is just no guarantee that a team will want Garoppolo for the $25 million he is set to make this season.

If Garoppolo is not traded, the 49ers will be in an awkward situation.

NFL insider offers prediction about Deebo Samuel situation

Deebo Samuel warms up before a game

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Deebo Samuel has made it clear in a variety of ways that he is unhappy with the San Francisco 49ers, but at least one NFL insider believes the issues between the two sides can be resolved.

Ian Rapoport discussed the Samuel situation during his Monday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” The NFL network reporter said there is “work that has to get done,” but he believes it is still possible that the 49ers will sign Samuel to a contract extension this offseason.

“I think they can get it settled,” Rapoport said. “I don’t believe it is settled right now. There’s a lot of work that has to be done. … Remember, he basically told them, ‘Don’t offer me a contract. I’m not going to take it. I want to be traded.’ There is some work that has to get done.”

When Samuel went public with his trade request last month, Rapoport reported that the star wide receiver’s discontent was about more than just money. Samuel apparently was not pleased with how he was used in San Francisco’s offense last season, despite his incredible production. Rapoport does not think that will be a deal-breaker.

“Kyle Shanahan is very charismatic and also very good at making sure football players are good at their jobs. He’s a great play designer, and he has helped Deebo Samuel become the dynamic weapon he has been,” the insider added. “So, I think they can get it worked out, but they are not there yet.”

The 49ers could have traded Samuel during the draft for at least one first-round pick and then some. They showed they are committed to keeping him by not entertaining offers. Samuel may have hinted recently that he is open to remaining in San Francisco. It remains to be seen if the Niners are willing to pay him before they have to.

Reported reason 49ers have not released Jimmy Garoppolo revealed

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 openly looking to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, but no real market has developed for him after he underwent shoulder surgery. While they still may release the veteran quarterback, there is a noteworthy reason they are in no rush.

Peter King of NBC Sports predicted in his weekly column that Garoppolo will remain on San Francisco’s roster through the start of the 2022 season. King still believes Trey Lance will start in Week 1, but he feels Lance’s development — or lack thereof — is the reason Garoppolo has not been released.

“If Lance had shown all the signs (head coach Kyle) Shanahan needed to see by now, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The Niners would have granted Garoppolo his freedom if they couldn’t trade him,” King wrote.

Other NFL insiders view the situation differently. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported on Monday that the Niners still plan to trade Garoppolo and are willing to be “flexible to find the best situation” for him.

That meshes with recent rumblings that the 49ers are waiting for Garoppolo to be fully cleared from his shoulder rehab, which should be in a month or two. If they are unable to find a trade suitor for him then, it is possible they will grant him his release.

Lance is a raw prospect. He had limited experience at the college level, but the 49ers knew that when they traded up to draft him last year. They still believe he is going to be a franchise quarterback. Though, some of the reports about his development have been concerning. No one would be shocked if the Niners keep Garoppolo around for at least the start of next season to see how things go.

Reporter suggests how 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo situation may end

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

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is waiting to be cleared for football activity after his offseason shoulder surgery. Once he is, things appear likely to accelerate between him and the team trying to get rid of him.

49ers reporter Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area believes Garoppolo will ask for his release if he is not quickly traded once cleared. That would give Garoppolo the opportunity to find a landing spot before the start of the season.

According to reports, Garoppolo’s clearance is still a month or two away. That is why the 49ers have failed to trade him, and why that will not change for the foreseeable future. At that point, the team is clearly still hoping trade interest picks up, but they will have a choice to make if it does not.

Garoppolo carries a cap hit of roughly $27 million for 2022. The 49ers want to be out from under that, as they have no plans of starting the veteran this season. At this stage, it looks like a simple matter of how his exit is engineered.

Chris Simms explains why 49ers are ‘scared’ of Trey Lance situation

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

Trey Lance has been viewed as a raw prospect since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him with the third overall pick last year. It is still difficult to get a read on whether the Niners plan to name him their starter next season, and Chris Simms has a theory on why the team has been hesitant.

The obvious reason is that the 49ers have yet to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. However, Simms feels they are “scared” to formally give Lance the job.

“Are they scared a little bit?” Simms said on Pro Football Talk Live this week, via SI.com’s Grant Cohn. “Of course they are.”

Simms pointed to the concerns he heard coming out of Niners training camp last year. He said most people who watched Lance practice were not impressed.

“Anybody you talk to who saw training camp last year, either that was part of the 49ers staff or when they went and worked with the Los Angeles Chargers and you hear people who witnessed those practices, there had to be concerns coming out of San Francisco early on in the year last year,” Simms said. “I know there was. There were too many people who were like, ‘Man, the ball is everywhere; man, he’s not ready yet.’ That’s got to scare them to a degree.”

For what it’s worth, Cohn attended training camp practices last year and disagreed with Simms. He shared some stats he charted and said he felt Garoppolo struggled more than Lance in practice.

Simms is probably right. The Niners still believe Lance can be a franchise quarterback, but the last thing they want to do is hand him the reigns before he is ready. They would then risk shaking the 22-year-old’s confidence. If they cannot find a trade partner for Garoppolo, it might make sense to have Lance hold a clipboard for another season.

A recent report made it seem like the 49ers are confident in Lance. We will believe that when we see it.

Report reveals timeline for when 49ers could trade 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

A new report suggests that the San Francisco 49ers still believe they will be able to find a trade partner for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before the start of the season.

The 49ers have struggled to trade Garoppolo after the quarterback underwent shoulder surgery after the season, which ruined his trade value. Garoppolo’s shoulder is expected to be cleared by late June or early July, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN. At that point, the 49ers plan to re-engage potential trade partners, and are confident that Garoppolo will no longer be on the roster by Week 1.

The Niners have largely been stuck in a holding pattern with Garoppolo since his surgery. That is not to their liking, as the quarterback carries a cap hit of nearly $27 million for the 2022 season. With Trey Lance slated to start, San Francisco very much wants to get out from under that number.

There is a question of whether the 49ers should be prepared to replace Garoppolo with Lance at this stage, but that is a different question altogether. We also do not know what the 49ers will look to do if the trade interest in Garoppolo they are clearly anticipating does not materialize even after he is cleared.

Trey Lance not impressing 49ers’ coaching staff?

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 have not been able to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, and it is possible their inability to find a suitor will work out for the best. They may still need him, after all.

NFL reporter Matt Lombardo said Thursday that he has heard the 49ers’ coaching staff has not been pleased with Trey Lance’s development. While the assumption has been that Lance will take over as the team’s starter next season, that plan may not be set in stone.

A lot can change over the course of an offseason, but Lance is obviously a raw prospect. He had limited experience at the collegiate level. That was always viewed as a potential issue, and it is possible he simply is not ready to take over as an NFL starter.

If that is the case, the Niners will be far less inclined to trade Garoppolo. The veteran just led them to the NFC Championship Game last season and has a Super Bowl appearance on his resume. Garoppolo would probably prefer to play for a team that doesn’t have a former first-round pick breathing down his neck, but there are not many teams looking for starting quarterbacks.

There is one significant issue that has likely prevented the Niners from trading Garoppolo. If Lance cannot show he is ready to take over the team’s offense, it’s entirely possible Garoppolo could enter 2022 as the starter again.

Deebo Samuel gives 49ers positive sign on social media?

Deebo Samuel warms up

Aug 29, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) before the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers want to make every effort possible to keep Deebo Samuel, and they may have received a sign on social media this week that they are moving in the right direction.

One of the first signs that Samuel was unhappy in San Francisco came when the star wide receiver removed all references to the Niners from his social media profiles last month. He also unfollowed the team, but fans noticed a potentially significant development late Wednesday night — Samuel is once again following the 49ers.

That was not the only positive sign for Niners fans, either. Earlier in the week, Samuel “liked” a post on Instagram about 49ers general manager John Lynch saying he believes the issues between Samuel and the team can be resolved.

Samuel is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He obviously wants a new deal, but there have been reports that there is a lot more to his discontent than that.

The Niners turned down at least two offers for Samuel during the NFL Draft last week. That was a strong indication that they have no plans to trade him. Perhaps the two sides are making progress.

49ers GM shares update on Deebo Samuel situation

Deebo Samuel warms up before a game

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers did not trade Deebo Samuel during the NFL draft, and general manager John Lynch says the reason for that is very straightforward — they want the star wide receiver on their roster.

During a Monday appearance on KNBR, Lynch was asked if he expects Samuel to be with the Niners when the 2022 season begins. He said it is “our job” to make sure Samuel remains in San Francisco.

“He’s too good of a player,” Lynch said, via Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report. “We’ve got too good of a thing going and we want to keep that going. That’s where I’ll leave that.”

Lynch acknowledged that there are issues between Samuel and the Niners. There is really no hiding from that after Samuel went public with his trade request. Lynch said the team is working hard to sort out the differences.

“I don’t think [the obstacles] are insurmountable. I think we can find a way to resolution, and we’re hopeful for that because we know what he’s been to this organization,” Lynch added. “Thirty-sixth pick in 2019, and he’s been so good on and off the field. Obviously, a tremendous player. … He makes us better. I think we make him better. And we’re hopeful that we get everything right and that we’re rolling forward.”

San Francisco reportedly received at least two significant offers for Samuel during the draft. They did not entertain either.

It does not sound like Samuel has changed his stance on wanting out, but Lynch is obviously optimistic. The fact that the Niners did not trade Samuel before or during the draft says a lot about where they stand.

Jimmy Garoppolo trade talks broke down for 1 key reason

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 remain in an awkward situation with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, one that apparently came about because of Garoppolo’s shoulder issues.

49ers GM John Lynch said Monday on KNBR that he felt the team had been “close” to trading Garoppolo up until the quarterback underwent shoulder surgery. At that point, interest dried up.

Garoppolo underwent surgery in early March, and it seemingly caught the rest of the league by surprise. If a team was close to trading for Garoppolo then backed off because of the surgery, they probably didn’t know that procedure was coming.

The 49ers are reportedly confused as to how they still have Garoppolo. They are prepared to move forward with Trey Lance, but the rest of the league apparently sees Garoppolo as damaged goods.