The San Francisco 49ers reportedly have no clear path forward in a possible trade for veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, however, the organization is not expected to release him until they’ve exhausted all options before rosters must be finalized at the end of the month.
The 49ers have put themselves in a difficult situation to start their 2022 campaign. Despite reaching the NFC Championship with Garoppolo at the offensive helm last season, the organization has decided to transition to a new era with 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance as their starting QB.
While Garoppolo would certainly be an upgrade for several teams’ current signal-caller situation, his hefty $24.2 million salary for this season has proven to be difficult to offload this year due to teams having limited cap space. On Sunday, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport explained the latest predicament San Francisco currently finds itself in.
“The 49ers have been very clear about saying that they plan to trade him. Obviously, he’s not going to be with the team this coming season. My understanding right now is there is no clear trade partner for Jimmy Garoppolo. Look around the NFL, think of who could take on that salary, think of who needs a starting quarterback.
“There isn’t any clear option. Maybe one quarterback either doesn’t develop like everybody thinks or maybe there is an injury then one might develop. But as of now it’s a little bit of a waiting game.”
49ers Jimmy Garoppolo trade market update