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Jimmy Garoppolo will not participate in the San Francisco 49ers’ offseason conditioning program.
As he works his way back from an injured throwing shoulder, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will not participate in the team’s offseason conditioning program.
Garoppolo is in the final year of his contract with the 49ers. With expectations that the 49ers will hand over the reins of the offense to second-year pro Trey Lance in the short term, there is a chance Garoppolo will not take another snap for San Francisco. When he comes back to the physical, Garoppolo will be a first-class trade candidate for the 49ers front office this offseason.
While he is a good sport around it, it is quite clear that the 49ers will move away from him.
Jimmy Garoppolo is not participating in the 49ers’ offseason conditioning program
Although the 49ers know what they have in Garoppolo, it’s crucial for Lance to have the best offseason of his life. He may only be entering his second professional season from North Dakota State, but the sooner he appears to be the guy, the faster the 49ers can get any compensation for the viable trading asset, Garoppolo. If Lance stinks, then it’s a problem.
Lance may have had the highest ceiling of any of the five quarterbacks taken in the first round last spring, but he is by far the most raw of the quintet. Mac Jones was the most pro-ready, and it turned out when he had a great rookie year in New England. As for Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, they had to settle for playing games for poorly run NFL franchises.
In the end, the 49ers will do right by Garoppolo here because he has been professional all along. His robust injury history is what made him serve out in his early 30s. But if he goes to the right place, he can continue to be a starting quarterback in the top half of the league. More importantly, he is a quarterback that teams can expect to be ready for the big stage in January.
While Garoppolo will not be there personally for the offseason program, that is understandable.