The San Francisco 49ers had previously made it clear that 2021 rookie Trey Lance has replaced veteran Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback. San Francisco then seemed to confirm Garoppolo’s time with the organization will soon be over when the club released a depth chart on Tuesday that had the 30-year-old listed as the fourth-string option behind Lance and backups Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy.
Per David Bonilla of 49ers WebZone, head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked later in the day about Garoppolo’s status on the depth chart as he continues his physical recovery from March shoulder surgery.
“He’s not in meetings. He’s not doing all that stuff,” Shanahan said of his former QB1. “So he’s just doing what I said he’s been doing. I think if he’s on the depth chart, it’s because you have to be. I think all 90 guys on our roster do. We have 91, actually.”
Shanahan was also asked about any potential trade discussions that interested parties have had regarding Garoppolo’s services.
“I believe that goes on with his agents, but none that I hear of,” Shanahan responded.
Earlier in the day, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote that Garoppolo’s $24.2 million base salary for the upcoming season would only become guaranteed if he’s still on the 49ers’ active roster at 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 10, one day before San Francisco opens the campaign at the Chicago Bears. Unless a contender loses a starting quarterback during the preseason, most expect the Niners will have to ultimately release Garoppolo by the deadline mentioned by Florio.
Garoppolo is not expected to play for San Francisco in any exhibition matchups.