September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Super Bowl odds improve with Jimmy Garoppolo

A team’s chances to win the Super Bowl doesn’t typically improve after losing its starting quarterback for the season, but that’s exactly what has happened for the San Francisco 49ers.

The day second-year quarterback Trey Lance underwent surgery on a broken ankle, several sportsbooks told Field Level Media that the 49ers’ futures odds shortened with veteran Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm of the offense.

Garoppolo, who agreed to a one-year deal to return to San Francisco as the backup, relieved Lance on Sunday and led the 49ers to a 27-7 victory over Seattle.

BetMGM, BetRivers and DraftKings all reported that San Francisco’s Super Bowl odds moved from +2200 to +2000, while they shortened from +2200 to +1800 at FanDuel and from +2000 to +1800 at PointsBet. The 49ers’ odds to win the NFC Championship remained at +9000 at BetMGM and DraftKings, but moved from +900 to +800 at BetRivers.

Sunday’s victory improved the 49ers’ record to 1-1, even with their three NFC West rivals. San Francisco also moved from +175 to +160 at BetRivers to win the division, while their NFC West odds remained at +150 at DraftKings.

BetMGM said Lance had been 12th in the most bets placed on the NFL Most Valuable Player prop bet and sixth in money wagered. Meanwhile, PointsBet has refunded all Lance MVP bets with free bets.

“PointsBet refunded all stakes on Trey Lance for MVP as free bets following his unfortunate ankle break although the 49ers have in fact shortened for the Super Bowl following their comprehensive win over the Seahawks,” PointsBet head of trading Kevin Lawler told Field Level Media.

Garoppolo said it was “just like riding a bike” after beating the Seahawks.

“I’m comfortable here,” he said. “The players, the scheme, the locker room. I’m familiar with it.

“I’m not saying I knew this was going to happen. But I was ready for this in case it did happen and I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.”

–Field Level Media

September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy G replaces injured Trey Lance, leads 49ers over Seahawks

Jimmy Garoppolo came off the bench for an injured Trey Lance and guided the San Francisco 49ers to a 27-7 victory against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 1-yard sneak with 1:51 remaining to clinch the victory.

The 49ers (1-1) also got key contributions from two other injury replacements. Jeff Wilson Jr. filled in as the lead running back for Elijah Mitchell and had a game-high 84 rushing yards on 18 carries. Tight end Ross Dwelley, subbing in for George Kittle, made a 38-yard touchdown reception and recovered two fumbles.

The Seahawks (1-1) managed just 216 yards of total offense and committed three turnovers. Geno Smith was 24-of-30 passing for 197 yards and an interception.

Garoppolo came on late in the first quarter after Lance suffered a right ankle injury on a quarterback keeper. Lance was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Two plays later, Robbie Gould kicked his second field goal to give the 49ers a 6-0 lead.

Garoppolo found a wide-open Dwelley on the 49ers’ next possession to make it 13-0.

The Seahawks finally got untracked offensively late in the half, driving to San Francisco’s 5-yard line. On second-and-5, Kenneth Walker III took a snap in the wildcat formation and pitched to Deejay Dallas, who tried to hit DK Metcalf in the end zone. But Dallas grossly underthrew the pass, with the 49ers’ Charvarius Ward making an interception at the goal line.

The Seahawks held San Francisco to a three-and-out, forcing Mitch Wishnowsky into his first punt of the day. Seattle’s Tyler Lockett signaled for a fair catch, but teammate Xavier Crawford was blocked into him, the ball glancing off Crawford’s arm and recovered by Dwelley.

Four plays later, fullback Kyle Juszczyk scored on a 1-yard plunge to give the 49ers a 20-0 lead with 1:26 remaining before the intermission.

The Seahawks’ lone score came with 5:25 left in the third quarter as Tariq Woolen blocked Gould’s 20-yard field-goal attempt and Mike Jackson returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.

–Field Level Media

September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) is carted off the field after an injury against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Trey Lance (ankle) carted off, ruled out vs. Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower right leg late in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif.

Lance’s leg appeared to buckle under him after a short gain on a rushing play. He was quickly ruled out for the game with an ankle injury.

Jimmy Garoppolo entered the game in relief of Lance and started 4-for-4 for 70 yards, capped off by a 38-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ross Dwelley that gave the 49ers a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

San Francisco kept Garoppolo on a reworked deal for 2022 after it was unable to find a trade partner for the veteran.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams had eyes on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

The Los Angeles Rams explored acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the San Francisco 49ers this summer, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Rams were interested in adding the veteran as a backup to starter Matthew Stafford, sources told ESPN.

Instead, the 49ers restructured Garoppolo’s contract and he opened the season Sunday as Trey Lance’s backup against the Bears in Chicago.

According to the report, the 49ers didn’t know their NFC West rivals were interested in Garoppolo until after they agreed with him last month on a one-year deal worth up to $16 million.

The new deal reportedly includes $6.5 million guaranteed and a no-trade clause.

Garoppolo, 30, had offseason shoulder surgery that dampened his market around the league.

He has played 46 games (starting 45) for the Niners over the past five seasons, amassing a 31-14 record as a starter and helping the team reach two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. He has thrown for 11,162 yards, 66 touchdowns and 38 interceptions for San Francisco.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ brass glad ‘rest of league’ passed on Jimmy G

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan thanks the rest of the NFL for passing on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

“The rest of the league had a chance to get him,” Shanahan said on Tuesday, sternly rejecting the idea San Francisco didn’t want their former starter to stick around. “There aren’t 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, and we believe we have two of them.

“We have a starting quarterback as a backup. The rest of the league had a chance to get him, and I feel so fortunate that they didn’t.”

Shanahan and general manager John Lynch said the restructured deal with Garoppolo saves money and brings insurance in the event new starter Trey Lance suffers an injury.

Lance was informed months ago he would be the starting quarterback in 2022 after biding his time behind Garoppolo as a rookie last season.

“When I told Trey that Jimmy’s coming back, he said ‘Awesome,’” Shanahan said. “There was no relationship to mend.”

Garoppolo is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery but has 45 starts with the franchise since being acquired from the New England Patriots.

His salary, reportedly trimmed to $6.5 million, is the highest in the NFL for a No. 2 quarterback unless a team unexpectedly shifts its depth chart before Week 1.

With no NFL team offering what the 49ers suggested — or perhaps expected — and Garoppolo’s agents satisfied that the door was closed on starting opportunities this season, they approached him about staying put at a reduced salary. The contract allows Garoppolo to leave in free agency after the 2022 season, but he forfeits the majority of his scheduled base salary of $24 million.

“Our patience was rewarded,” Lynch said Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jimmy Garoppolo stays with 49ers on new 1-year deal

Jimmy Garoppolo’s destination for the 2022 season turned out to be the San Francisco 49ers.

Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed to a restructured one-year contract that will keep him in town as one of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the league this season, NFL Network and ESPN reported Monday.

Garoppolo’s new deal is worth a fully guaranteed $6.5 million in base with several other incentives — including play-time bonuses — that could raise his total earnings close to $16 million for the year, reports said.

With San Francisco committing to Trey Lance as its starting quarterback going forward, the 49ers were not expected to keep Garoppolo on the roster before Monday’s news.

The new deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause, meaning the ship has sailed on any of the other 31 teams in the league bringing in Garoppolo for this season.

Garoppolo’s agents were given permission to seek a trade last month. Some of the speculated destinations included the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks. But the Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield and named him their starter, the Browns will head into Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension with Jacoby Brissett and the Seahawks named Geno Smith their Week 1 starter over Drew Lock.

Garoppolo had offseason shoulder surgery that dampened his market around the league, but he has since returned to throwing.

Garoppolo has played 46 games (starting 45) for the Niners over the past five seasons, amassing a 31-14 record as a starter and helping the team reach two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. He has thrown for 11,162 yards, 66 touchdowns and 38 interceptions for San Francisco.

Lance, the third overall pick in the 2021 draft, saw action in six games last year, receiving two starts. He threw for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for another 168 yards and a touchdown during his rookie season.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance official QB1 for 49ers; Deebo Samuel reports to camp

The Trey Lance era in San Francisco has officially begun.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Tuesday that veteran Jimmy Garoppolo has been told he doesn’t figure into the team’s plans this season and that Lance, entering his second NFL season, will take over as the starting quarterback.

“Jimmy understands where we’re at, we understand where we’re at,” said Shanahan, flanked by general manager John Lynch. “I can’t tell you how appreciative I have been of Jimmy and him being here and so appreciate what he did for us last year … and taking us real close to the Super Bowl but we have moved on to Trey.”

Garoppolo had offseason shoulder surgery, which Shanahan said has hampered the 49ers’ ability to trade him. Now healthy, Garoppolo will follow a throwing routine on the side and won’t be part of the active training camp roster.

“We don’t plan on (Garoppolo) practicing with the team and things like that, and we’ll take it day by day and constantly talk with him and hope we can figure out the best for both” parties, Shanahan said.

Lynch also said Tuesday that star receiver Deebo Samuel is in camp, despite requesting to be traded in April during a contract stalemate.

Lynch said while a resolution isn’t just around the corner, the two sides are working toward one.

“We’ve had really productive and substantive talks,” Lynch said. “I don’t want to get everyone all excited that something is imminent because we’re not there yet. But we’re really hopeful that, in the near future, we’ll be able to announce something that’s exciting for everyone involved. So that’s good. Deebo’s here today, and we’re excited about moving forward with him as part of this team.”

Samuel, 26, recently requested the trade on the heels of his breakout season. He is heading into the last year of his $7.25 million rookie deal and is due to make $3.99 million this year with a salary-cap hit of $4.89 million, according to Spotrac.

Samuel made the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro last season after proving to be effective as both a ball carrier and a pass catcher. He made 77 receptions for 1,405 yards (a league-leading 18.2 yards per catch) and six touchdowns, and he added 59 carries for 365 yards and eight touchdowns.

Garoppolo, 30, carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo Next Team Odds: Browns top 8 destinations

The Cleveland Browns officially signed journeyman Josh Rosen on Friday, but oddsmakers don’t believe the team is done searching for a veteran quarterback while awaiting the pending suspension of Deshaun Watson.

The San Francisco 49ers reportedly gave permission to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s representatives to seek a trade, and SportsBetting.ag installed Cleveland as the +225 favorite to be his next destination.

Watson is expected to be suspended for at least multiple games, and possibly half the 2022 season, for violating the league’s personal conduct policy stemming from two dozen sexual misconduct allegations.

Watson reportedly could agree not to appeal if the NFL opts against a season-long suspension, with Pro Football Talk reporting a multi-game suspension was likely but not more than eight games.

San Francisco is looking to move Garoppolo, who has recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. The 49ers are ready to hand the keys of the offense to second-year quarterback Trey Lance, making Garoppolo expendable.

The New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks have the next shortest odds at +350, followed by Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, at +400.

The Giants appear committed to Daniel Jones in the final year of his rookie contract after declining his fifth-year option. The Seahawks traded Russell Wilson this offseason and are set to enter training camp with Drew Lock competing with Geno Smith.

Jimmy Garoppolo Next Team Odds
Browns +225
Giants +350
Seahawks +350
Texans +400
Lions +500
Bears +1200
Jets +2000
Saints +2000

Garoppolo, 30, had a procedure on his right shoulder in March and was excused from offseason activities, including a mandatory minicamp last month.

He carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal Garoppolo signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Garoppolo has a 33-14 career record with the 49ers and New England Patriots (2014-16). He has thrown for 11,852 yards with 71 TDs and 38 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady’s backup in New England and led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) smiles after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s recovery on schedule

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s recovery from shoulder surgery is on schedule and he will begin throwing again soon, ESPN reported Saturday.

Once that happens and he is able to pass a physical, the 49ers are hoping to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old veteran.

Garoppolo had a procedure on his right shoulder in March and has been excused from offseason activities, including a mandatory minicamp earlier this month.

The 49ers are expected to turn over the offense to second-year quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Garoppolo carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Garoppolo has a 33-14 career record with the 49ers and New England Patriots (2014-16). He has thrown for 11,852 yards with 71 TDs and 38 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady’s backup in New England and led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: 49ers excuse QB Jimmy Garoppolo from minicamp

The San Francisco 49ers excused quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from this week’s mandatory minicamp, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Garoppolo, 30, is recovering from surgery in March on his right shoulder.

The team is said to be waiting for him to receive a clean bill of health before potentially trading him, with second-year quarterback Trey Lance expected to be the 2022 starter.

Garoppolo has been absent from voluntary organized team activities, but could have been fined for not attending the mandatory full-squad minicamp.

Garoppolo carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, was 1-1 as a starter. The 22-year-old passed for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 168 yards and one score in six appearances.

–Field Level Media