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: 49ers give Jimmy Garoppolo OK to seek trade

The San Francisco 49ers have given the agents for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo permission to seek a trade, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Garoppolo, 30, was cleared to start practicing after recovering from shoulder surgery, per the report.

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

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.

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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

GM: 49ers will not release Jimmy Garoppolo

If San Francisco cannot orchestrate a trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, then he will be back in a 49ers uniform for the 2022 season.

So says 49ers general manager John Lynch, who said Monday he does not foresee a scenario where the team would release the eight-year veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion.

“He’s too good a player,” Lynch said at the NFL annual meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. “I think Jimmy will be playing for us or will be playing for someone else. He’s too good of a player not to be.”

Lynch added that the 49ers have yet to receive a formal offer for Garoppolo, saying they had talked conceptually with teams about a trade, but that the QB’s surgery on his throwing shoulder put a damper on talks.

“I think, ultimately, the teams that we were closest with, the surgery gave them pause and they ended up going in other directions,” Lynch said.

Garoppolo is rehabbing from the surgery and is not expected to be at full strength until training camp begins in July.

Despite Trey Lance waiting in the wings to step in as the team’s No. 1 QB, and the fact the Niners could save $25.55 million in cap space by releasing Garoppolo, Lynch balked at the idea.

“We value strength at that position,” Lynch said. “You always have to adapt and a series of events happened that it didn’t work out. But that’s not a bad thing, though. We feel positive with it. And we’ll make it work.”

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 sttempts for 603 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He was 1-1 as a starter.

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Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo leaves the field after losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo needs shoulder surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is headed for shoulder surgery soon, ESPN reported Tuesday.

He will be sidelined until early July, but indications are he will still be traded this month as there is “significant interest” from multiple teams, per the report.

Garoppolo, 30, hurt his shoulder during the 49ers’ 23-17 wild-card win against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 16.

He played through that injury, as well as a thumb injury, as San Francisco advanced to the NFC title game before losing 20-17 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. His thumb does not need surgery, ESPN said.

Garoppolo completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games during the regular season, posting a 9-6 record.

Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, is the heir apparent at quarterback for the 49ers heading into the 2022 season.

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Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half during the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

End of 49ers’ playoff run leads to talk of Jimmy Garoppolo’s future

With Jimmy Garoppolo’s days in a San Francisco 49ers uniform perhaps numbered, neither he nor some others around him were ready to talk much about it on Sunday.

“I’m not gonna sit here and make a farewell statement or anything right now. It’s the last stuff on my mind,” Niners coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after San Francisco lost to the Los Angeles Rams 20-17 in the NFC Championship Game.

“Jimmy has batted his ass off. He battled today. He did some unbelievable things today. I love coaching Jimmy,” Shanahan said.

Tight end George Kittle, one of Garoppolo’s favorite targets and among the Niners’ biggest offensive weapons, wasn’t enjoying the topic of possibly losing the quarterback, either.

“I mean, lot of unknowns. Yeah, it’s not fun to think about. Kind of more just processing losing the game before the Super Bowl, which isn’t a lot of fun. But I’ll get to those emotions whenever they come.”

Garoppolo, 30, has one year remaining on the five-year, $137.5 million contract he signed with the 49ers in February 2018. He is due to make $25.5 million next season.

Garoppolo is an eight-year veteran who has played the past five seasons for the 49ers. But the team dealt three first-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for the right to move up in the 2021 draft and select Trey Lance third overall.

With Garoppolo injured during the season, Lance appeared in six games and made two starts, completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried 38 times for 168 yards and a score.

Garoppolo said he thought it would take a few days for thoughts of his future to “start to settle in a little bit.”

“Emotions are high after a game, win or loss. It’s one of those things you gotta be glad it happened. Just smile from it, think about the good things. … Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year has been really impressive. And I love those guys,” Garoppolo said.

He has thrown for 11,852 yards and 71 touchdowns in the regular season. In seven postseason games, he has completed 80 of 132 passes for 962 yards and four touchdowns, with six interceptions.

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Niners’ Nick Bosa, Jimmy Garoppolo both practice

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and pass rusher Nick Bosa were both full participants at practice Thursday.

Bosa, however, is officially listed as questionable to play in Saturday night’s divisional playoff game at Green Bay.

Bosa suffered a concussion in last week’s wild-card win over Dallas and missed the second half. Garoppolo sprained his right shoulder in the contest while already nursing an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand.

Defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) are also questionable after being limited in practice.

Star linebacker Fred Warner (ankle) and top running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) were full participants.

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) in the second quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered shoulder sprain in 49ers’ playoff win

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his throwing shoulder during the second quarter of Sunday’s playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Garoppolo is expected to be able to participate when the 49ers return to practice Tuesday, with Shanahan saying the starter’s shoulder is only “slightly” sprained.

“He had to play through some pain and stuff, but he ended up checking out all right,” Shanahan said. “Just a slight shoulder sprain and he should be good for (Tuesday’s) practice.”

Garoppolo was already dealing with a torn ligament in his right thumb, which caused him to miss one regular-season game, in which Trey Lance led San Francisco to a Week 17 win over the Houston Texans. Lance also started in place of Garoppolo in Week 5 — a loss to the Arizona Cardinals — while Garoppolo nursed a calf injury.

Garoppolo, 30, completed 16 of 25 passes Sunday for 172 yards and one interception and no sacks as the 49ers beat Dallas 23-17. They advanced to the divisional round and will visit the top-seeded Green Bay Packers next weekend.

Shanahan also said that linebacker Fred Warner (sprained right ankle) should be able to play against Green Bay. Defensive end Nick Bosa is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the Cowboys game, with his game status unknown as of Monday.

“We’re being pretty optimistic with it,” Shanahan said of Bosa. “I’ve seen that a few times and he seems like he’s in a pretty good spot right now, but I’m not going to be the one who judges that.”

Bosa had three tackles and 0.5 sacks against Dallas. He hasn’t missed a game this season and has piled up 15.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

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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) throws a pass during pre-game warmups before their game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) uncertain for next week

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sat out Monday’s practice with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, putting his availability for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans in doubt.

Coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday afternoon that Garoppolo was affected by the injury during last Thursday’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and the team would re-evaluate him Wednesday.

Shanahan called it a sprain, but later in the day, ESPN and NFL Network reported that Garoppolo was also dealing with a chipped bone and a torn ligament in the thumb.

Garoppolo has started 14 of the Niners’ 15 games this season and completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,494 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

But fans who are ready to see more of rookie Trey Lance may get their wish this week. Lance would be in line for his second career start if Garoppolo can’t go against Houston.

Lance has seen action in five games this year and has thrown for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also picking up 137 yards and a score on the ground. In his lone start, Week 5 at the Arizona Cardinals, Lance went 15-for-29 for 192 yards, throwing a pick and taking two sacks while filling in for an injured Garoppolo. He also ran for 89 yards in that start.

At 8-7, San Francisco is in the thick of the NFC wild-card hunt, occupying the No. 6 seed with two weeks to go.

–Field Level Media