Aug 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and head coach Kyle Shanahan before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan still expects 49ers to trade Jimmy Garoppolo

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains with the San Francisco 49ers for now, but the franchise’s decision-makers continue to be open about their preference for trading him before the 2022 season.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters at organized team activities Tuesday and was asked about where things stood with Garoppolo.

“I expect him at some time, most likely, to be traded, but who knows? That’s not a guarantee,” Shanahan said. “It’s been on hold when (his surgery) happened. When he’s healthy, we will see what happens.”

Garoppolo underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder during the offseason and is continuing to rehab.

In March, 49ers general manager John Lynch said if he could not orchestrate a trade, the team would keep Garoppolo on the roster rather than release him.

As the team wants to move forward with 2021 third overall draft pick Trey Lance as their starting quarterback next season, Garoppolo himself has been on board with the plan of starting over somewhere new.

In February, shortly after Garoppolo and the 49ers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, the 30-year-old signal-caller said he and Lynch had discussed “finding the right destination” for him.

In five years in San Francisco, Garoppolo has thrown for 11,162 yards, 66 touchdowns and 38 interceptions over 46 games (45 starts). He led the Niners to Super Bowl LIV in February 2020, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has just a 74.1 passer rating over six playoff starts, with 962 yards, four touchdown passes and six picks.

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Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) before the game against the Green Bay Packers in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

49ers pick up DE Nick Bosa’s 5th-year option

The San Francisco 49ers on Monday exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Nick Bosa’s rookie contract.

Bosa will earn a guaranteed $17.8 million in 2023.

Bosa racked up a career-best 15.5 sacks in 2021 and has 24.5 sacks in 35 games (33 starts). He missed all but two games of the 2020 season with an ACL injury. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 draft made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and 2021.

“We’re going to do everything we can to keep him a part of this organization,” Niners general manager John Lynch said Monday during a draft week press conference. “He’s a foundational player, much like Deebo (Samuel).”

Samuel asked the 49ers last week for a trade and reportedly has no plans to report for offseason workouts.

Samuel is frustrated how the team is using him. A versatile piece of the 49ers’ offense, Samuel lines up at running back and in the slot. He posted 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021.

“I can’t ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo. … He’s just too good of a player,” Lynch said, without going into specifics.

Samuel, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract that paid a total of $7,247,476.

Lynch also said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will resume throwing in June. Garoppolo is rehabbing from shoulder surgery and is not expected to be at full strength until training camp begins in July.

Garoppolo, 30, is 31-14 as the starter in San Francisco, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 11,162 yards and 66 touchdowns against 38 interceptions. He is 4-2 in six postseason starts for the 49ers.

The 49ers selected Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He appeared in six games (two starts) and completed 57.7 percent of his pass attempts for 603 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He was 1-1 as a starter.

Lynch has previously said they would not release Garoppolo but might trade or even keep him.

“You don’t just give players like that away,” Lynch said Monday.

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January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) congratulates San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) after the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Trask, Jimmy Garoppolo among favorites to be Bucs’ next QB

Tom Brady made his retirement from the NFL official Tuesday morning after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl victories. While the 44-year-old’s departure from the playing field had to come sooner or later, it leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a question mark at quarterback in 2022.

The Bucs signed Brady as a replacement for Jameis Winston in the 2020 offseason, and it immediately paid dividends with a title in Super Bowl LV. Tampa Bay lost in the divisional round of the playoffs this year before saying goodbye to Brady. released probabilities Tuesday for who Tampa Bay’s Week 1 starting quarterback will be this year, listing a number of NFL quarterbacks — including two retired players.

Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers opened as the favorite at +400. But as of Tuesday evening, he had been eclipsed by someone actually on Tampa Bay’s roster: Kyle Trask.

The Buccaneers selected Trask in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. A Florida product, Trask sat behind Brady as a rookie and did not see any game action. Trask opened at +650 but saw his odds quickly shorten to +400, ahead of Garoppolo at +450.

Garoppolo, coincidentally, spoke to reporters Tuesday and did not hide the fact that he expects the 49ers will trade him this offseason. San Francisco drafted quarterback Trey Lance third overall in last year’s draft and is keen on starting a new era with him under center.

“I just want to go to a place where they want to win,” Garoppolo said. “That’s really what I’m in this game for. I’m here to play football, win football games and as long as I’ve got that and good people around me, I think the rest will take care of itself.”

Following Garoppolo on the list of possible Bucs newcomers is Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz at +550. Wentz just completed his first season with Indianapolis, which missed out on a playoff berth by losing to Jacksonville in Week 18. His turnover issues seemed largely behind him until that game, when he tossed an interception and lost a fumble to the worst team in the league. It’s hard to say whether the Colts would entertain moving Wentz after just one year.

Green Bay Packers three-time MVP Aaron Rodgers is tied for fourth favorite at +750. Rodgers made it known last offseason that he was unhappy in Green Bay, and after a tumultuous but productive season, he’s expected to be the biggest piece of the offseason quarterback carousel whether he’s traded or stays in town.

Other notable options on the board include Cam Newton (+1200), who returned to the Carolina Panthers in 2021 but did not have much success; a reunion with Winston (+1400); Russell Wilson (+1600), who is potentially disgruntled in Seattle; and Blaine Gabbert (+2500), also presently on the Bucs’ roster.

Houston Texans signal-caller Deshaun Watson, who sat out 2021 while embroiled in sexual assault and misconduct lawsuits, appears at +2500. Former Chargers and Colts quarterback Philip Rivers, who retired after the 2020 season, is at +5000, tied with fellow retiree Andrew Luck, a former Colt.

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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 expects 49ers to trade him, hopes for ‘right destination’

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hinted Tuesday that his days with the San Francisco 49ers were numbered.

The oft-maligned signal-caller who helped the 49ers reach Super Bowl LIV and this year’s NFC Championship Game appeared to say goodbye to San Francisco fans and openly discussed his future in the league in a team conference call.

“I was talking to (general manager) John (Lynch) yesterday about finding the right destination and whatever the future holds, just doing it the right way,” Garoppolo said. “I’ve got a long career ahead of me. I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the opportunities to come.

“I just want to go to a place where they want to win. That’s really what I’m in this game for. I’m here to play football, win football games and as long as I’ve got that and good people around me, I think the rest will take care of itself.”

Garoppolo ended the Zoom call by looking straight into the camera and addressing fans of the team.

“It’s been a hell of a ride,” Garoppolo said. “I love you guys. See ya.”

Garoppolo, 30, could figure into a giant offseason quarterback carousel, driven by the retirements of Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger and the unsettled situations with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and Russell Wilson in Seattle.

The 49ers selected quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and would be able to move forward with Lance under center if they moved Garoppolo.

A second-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2014 while Brady was still in his prime, Garoppolo only made two starts for the Patriots before he was traded to San Francisco at the deadline in 2017. He took over the 49ers’ starting job late that season and notably won all five of his starts.

In 2019, his 49ers were the No. 1 seed in the NFC and fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. The Niners were one quarter away from making their second Super Bowl with Garoppolo last week, but the Los Angeles Rams came back from a 17-7 fourth quarter deficit to win 20-17 — aided in part by a late-game Garoppolo interception.

In parts of eight seasons, Garoppolo has played 63 games (47 starts) and thrown for 11,852 yards, 71 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. He owns a career completion rate of 67.7 percent. In 2021, the 49ers went 9-6 in Garoppolo’s 15 starts, and he led the NFL with 12.7 yards per completion. He threw for 3,810 yards and 20 touchdowns, but also tossed 12 picks, one off his career high.

Garoppolo has only played a full season once in those eight years due to multiple bouts with injuries.

He has one year remaining on a five-year, $137.5 million contract. His cap hit in 2022 is due to be just north of $26.9 million, according to the salary cap-tracking website Spotrac.

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Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo favored to land with WFT or Steelers

Will Jimmy Garoppolo get out of the frying pan and go straight into the fire?

Less than a day after San Francisco’s season ended with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, one sportsbook is offering odds on Garoppolo’s next NFL destination should the 49ers trade him this offseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Football Team opened as the co-+400 favorites at

Pittsburgh, one of the NFL’s most revered franchises, is replacing Ben Roethlisberger, who retired after 18 NFL seasons and two Super Bowl titles. The Steelers reached the postseason despite declining effectiveness in the passing game from Roethlisberger.

Washington has reached the playoffs only once since 2015 and hasn’t won a postseason game since 2005, but has a roster loaded with young talent on defense and at the skill positions. Journeyman Taylor Heinicke was adequate in taking over for injured Ryan Fitzpatrick this season but the WFT is expected to take a strong look more dynamic veteran quarterback options available this offseason.

Will Garoppolo be among them?

That debate heated up in the aftermath of the 49ers blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the Rams.

On one hand, Garoppolo led the 49ers to six wins in a seven-game stretch leading up to the NFC title game, including rallying San Francisco from 17 points down against the Rams in Week 17 just to reach the playoffs.

On the other hand, there is the presence of 2021 No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance. If the 49ers believe the former North Dakota State star is ready to take the reins of a championship-caliber team next season, coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch may decide to move on from Garoppolo.

Several playoff-caliber teams are likely to be in the market for a veteran quarterback, especially with the 2022 NFL Draft class considered to be weak at the position. opened the Garoppolo market with +550 odds on Tampa Bay as his next team with Tom Brady reportedly headed for retirement.

The Denver Broncos, who are also expected to be strong suitors for Aaron Rodgers should he request out of Green Bay, are next at +600. They’re followed by the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders at +700.

If the 49ers do move on from Garoppolo, his final pass for San Francisco will have been an interception under immense pass rush pressure that effectively ended Sunday’s game.

“We’ll see what happens in these next couple days, weeks, whatever,” Garoppolo said after the game. “I love this team. Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year has been really impressive. And I love these guys.”

Jimmy Garoppolo Next Team Odds:
Steelers: +400
Washington: +400
Bucs: +550
Broncos: +600
Dolphins: +700
Panthers: +700
Raiders: +700
Packers: +1000
Texans: +1000
Browns: +1200
Colts: +1400

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) walks off the field with team medical staff after an operant injury during the first half of the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Nick Bosa (concussion) returns to practice

San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa, who is in concussion protocol after getting hurt Sunday, returned to practice Wednesday as the 49ers continue preparation for their divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Bosa was officially listed as limited in practice after sitting out the team’s walkthrough on Tuesday.

Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is nursing right shoulder and right thumb injuries, returned to full practice participation after he was listed as limited the previous day.

Bosa missed the second half of San Francisco’s 23-17 wild-card win over the Dallas Cowboys. Garoppolo played the whole game despite spraining his throwing shoulder in the second quarter.

“Jimmy, he could have tapped out and said, ‘Hey, I can’t go anymore. You guys are on your own,’ but he didn’t,” 49ers tight end George Kittle said Wednesday. “He took a week off (on Jan. 2) and came back and played at a very high level since. That’s what you appreciate about him. He doesn’t give up, just keeps grinding, and he’s continually leading this team to victories and giving us opportunities to play more football.”

Linebacker Marcell Harris (Achilles), cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) and defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle) were limited for San Francisco.

The Packers downgraded one player’s condition Wednesday, as wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) sat out after he was a limited practice participant Tuesday.

Green Bay cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) was limited for the second day in a row, and tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) saw limited action after he was sidelined Tuesday.

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Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) gestures on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers next QB odds: Marquee veterans in play?

The 2022 NFL offseason is setting up to be full of league-altering moves at the quarterback position.

The one opening for a playoff team we know of is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be moving on from two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. The next man up on the current roster is Mason Rudolph and he’s the +275 favorite at to be the Steelers’ next quarterback.

But that’s largely because several dominoes have yet to fall — or their statuses are yet to be determined.

Rumors of the Las Vegas Raiders potentially “trading” for a new head coach have been gaining steam. Topping that list? The Steelers’ Mike Tomlin.

How viable a scenario is of Tomlin ending up on the Raiders’ sideline next season is up for debate, but Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr has the second-shortest odds at +700 to wind up in Pittsburgh.

Next is San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo (+750), who has guided the 49ers to the divisional round of the playoffs. He is still widely expected to be moved this offseason with 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance waiting in the wings.

Pending free agent Jameis Winston is being offered at +900, with current University of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett lining up at +1000. The Steelers own the 20th pick in the NFL draft, but do they want to entrust the offense of a playoff-caliber team to a rookie?

That’s where the unknown status of several marquee veteran quarterbacks comes into play.

Will the Minnesota Vikings move on from Kirk Cousins (+1100) under new leadership? Will Russell Wilson (+1200) add the Steelers as a potential destination if he tries to work his way out of Seattle?

Then there’s the case of Aaron Rodgers. Likely headed for his second consecutive league MVP and fourth overall, Rodgers led the Packers to the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC after an offseason of immense turmoil in Green Bay.

Would a Super Bowl title soothe relationships throughout the franchise, or will Rodgers look for a way out of town regardless? The Packers reportedly voided 2023 as part of a reworked contract last summer and reportedly agreed to review his situation at the end of this season.

Pittsburgh is in the AFC, potentially making the Steelers a more palatable destination for the Packers should they agree to move Rodgers. He is currently being offered at +1600 to be the Steelers’ next quarterback.

Steelers Next QB Odds:
Mason Rudolph: +275
Derek Carr: +700
Jimmy Garoppolo: +750
Jameis Winston: +900
Kenny Pickett: +1000
Matt Corral: +1000
Kirk Cousins: +1100
Ryan Fitzpatrick: +1100
Dwayne Haskins: +1200
Malik Willis: +1200
Russell Wilson: +1200
Marcus Mariota: +1300
Tyrod Taylor: +1400
Desmond Ridder: +1500
Aaron Rodgers: +1600
Mitch Trubisky: +1600
Sam Howell: +1800
Cam Newton: +2500

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Jan 2, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) before the game against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo questionable, 49ers won’t name starter

Jimmy Garoppolo is officially questionable for the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, but head coach Kyle Shanahan denied to name his starting quarterback for the game.

Rookie Trey Lance started last week with Garoppolo dealing with an injury to his right thumb that will require surgery. The victory puts the 49ers in position to reach the playoffs, but there are many variables in play.

Lance said Friday he split first-team reps with Garoppolo.

There is also a chance left tackle Trent Williams, listed at questionable, will play in the game for the 49ers.

The Rams (12-4) lead the NFC West by a game over the Arizona Cardinals (11-5), while the 49ers (9-7) currently hold the second of three NFC wild-card spots. They can pull for the Atlanta Falcons to beat the New Orleans Saints (8-8) in an early afternoon kickoff before taking the field against the Rams. If the Saints lose, the 49ers are in.

Garoppolo has a partially torn ligament in his right thumb. He completed 15 of 19 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-10 home win over the Rams in Week 10.

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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

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo likely out, needs thumb surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is likely out for Sunday’s game with the Houston Texans — and possibly well beyond.

The 49ers (8-7) are in the thick of the NFC playoff race but Garoppolo is not expected to be available Sunday due to a torn thumb ligament in his throwing hand. He was injured last week.

Per multiple reports Sunday, Garoppolo needs surgery and his availability for the rest of the season is a question mark. NFL Network reported the 49ers are hopeful Garoppolo could be available if the team makes the playoffs.

He was listed as doubtful through Saturday, but the 49ers prepared rookie Trey Lance to start against Houston.

“He’s not out, so I’m holding out hope,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.

ESPN reported Garoppolo was planning to delay any surgery to the offseason.

The 49ers can’t afford a loss or their playoff position becomes tenuous and help from other teams would be needed to reach the postseason.

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Dec 23, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) doubtful vs. Texans

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans due to his injured passing thumb.

Garoppolo has a torn ligament and chipped bone in his right thumb. He missed all three practices this week and the 49ers didn’t allow him to attempt any throws.

“That’s why we didn’t have him go out there, because we were told each day that we can push it off one more, it gives him a better chance for it to stay,” San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after Friday’s practice. “So we’re trying to hold off throwing until (Saturday), possibly Sunday.”

Garoppolo was injured during a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 23. He has started 14 of San Francisco’s 15 games this season and passed for 3,494 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Garoppolo sat out Week 5 with a calf injury when the 49ers lost 17-10 to the Arizona Cardinals.

Rookie Trey Lance is in line to make his second career start. Lance completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards and one interception against the Cardinals, and also rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries.

Lance has played in five games and has 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions. The No. 3 overall pick has rushed for 137 yards and one score.

However, Shanahan wasn’t ready Friday to name Lance the starter against the Texans.

“Jimmy’s not out,” said Shanahan, “so I’m holding out hope.”

The 49ers (8-7) will likely have leading rusher Elijah Mitchell (759 yards) back on the field. His knee injury has progressed and he was a limited practice participant all week after missing the past three games.

Linebackers Dre Greenlaw (groin) and Azeez Al-Shaair (knee) and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst were all ruled out. Safety Talanoa Hufanga (knee) is doubtful.

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