49ers News: Kyle Shanahan Says Jimmy Garoppolo Could Return in 2022

I can’t believe we’re here again, but we are. After two consecutive dominating wins, the subject of national media coverage is whether Jimmy Garoppolo could return as quarterback next season. thanks to comments like this of the national media, that question has now made its way to the 49ers’ press corps. On today’s 49ers in Five podcast, you can hear both Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo talking about that possibility yesterday.

First, let’s start with the head coach, de facto GM, and general great poobah Kyle Shanahan. Is there a chance Jimmy will return in 2022?

“I think there’s a chance for everything, but I think we’ve made it pretty clear that Trey [Lance] is our man of the future, whenever that happens. But it wasn’t against Jimmy either that we took him, but we do believe that Trey will be our man of the future. And like I said, I think it’s going to be really hard if Jimmy is out to beat them right away. So it’s kind of like this now and I don’t think much beyond that.”

And now Jimmy Garoppolo:

“Honestly, I try not to close doors too early with the opportunities. I do not know. It’s one of those situations where you have to make it come true. We have a lot going on with the season and everything right now. When you start thinking about those other things, you just get distracted, I guess, but when we cross that bridge, we judge everything.”

Let’s put aside the fact that putting Trey Lance on the bench for two years after trading three first round picks (and more) to get him would be a huge, huge waste of resources. Even if we’re willing to suspend disbelief and say this was something this organization was willing to do, there’s another important factor at play: Garoppolo’s salary.

As the 49ers roster is currently put together, they simply cannot afford to pay a quarterback $25-26 million if that quarterback isn’t playing at a top two or three tier in the NFL. Quarterbacks at that level can raise the weaker supporting casts that usually result from the QB taking on so much of the salary cap. They have already handed out major contracts to George Kittle, Trent Williams and Fred Warner, and they will have to pay to resign Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel. Plus, after this season, they’ll have to replace about 30 free agents with limited seed money, thanks in part to that Trey Lance trade.

There are also two other factors to consider. First the small matter of the remaining seven games of the regular season. Losses to the Vikings and Seahawks over the next two weeks see the team missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. They would also probably stop all speculation about Jimmy vs. Trey 2.0 in 2022. Second, Garoppolo himself may not want to return next season. It’s very possible that the constant flirtation with other quarterbacks in recent offseasons has thinned out, and Garoppolo would be well within his rights to prefer a location where he wouldn’t have a replacement breathing down his neck.

Regardless of the reason, it’s crazy to ask the head coach and quarterback about these things in November when there’s about half the season left and they can literally say anything they want without it affecting what they actually mean. to do. to do once the low season starts in February.

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