Kyle Shanahan’s telling comment about Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers future

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So you’re saying there’s a chance.

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Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers brass made it clear in April that they are on rookie quarterback Trey Lance, despite having veteran Jimmy Garoppolo on the roster. After months of trading rumours, Garoppolo remains the clear starting quarterback at San Francisco and that may not change anytime soon.

“Anything has a chance, but I think we’ve made it clear that Trey is our boy of the future, whenever that happens,” Shanahan said. According to Pro Football Talk, “But it’s also nothing against Jimmy that we took him for granted, but we think Trey is our boy of the future. Like I’ve said, I think it’s going to be really hard, if Jimmy’s at it. , so for that to beat him right away. So it’s going like that at the moment, and we’re not thinking much beyond that.”

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recently opened up about a future at quarterback for San Francisco.
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The 49ers traded Lance to grab No. 3 overall in this year’s NFL Draft, sending first- and third-round 2022 picks and 2023 first-round picks to the Dolphins back in March.

Lance, a 6-foot-4 rookie from North Dakota State, threw a touchdown on his first career pass in the 49ers’ win over the Lions in Week 1. The Lance saw a crucial time in losses to the Seahawks and Cardinals in early October when Garoppolo suffered a calf injury. Garoppolo, however, is now the 49ers at 5-5 and is on a two-game winning streak.

Jimmy Garoppolo is currently the starting quarterback for the 49ers.
Jimmy Garoppolo is currently the starting quarterback for the 49ers.
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The uber-athletic can open up to Lance Shanahan’s guilt in ways the veteran can’t. But Lance only made 17 college football starts and was not facing top-level competition in the state of North Dakota.

It all adds up to a bleak future for Garoppolo, who could make the 49ers a cut this offseason without any salary cap damage.

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance was picked by the 49ers in the first round of this year's draft.
Rookie quarterback Trey Lance was picked by the 49ers in the first round of this year’s draft.
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“Honestly with prospects, I try not to close any doors too early,” said the 30-year-old quarterback, According to 49ers WebZone, “It’s one of those situations that you have to let it play out, I think. We have a lot going on with the season and everything right now. If you start thinking about those other things, you just get distracted, I guess. But when we cross that bridge, then we will assess everything.”

Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo have enjoyed success together in San Francisco, including a Super Bowl berth in the 2019 season.
Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo have enjoyed success together in San Francisco, including a Super Bowl berth during the 2019 season.
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In October 2017 Garoppolo was traded 49ers to the Patriots. Less than a year later, in February 2018, he and the team agreed to a five-year contract worth up to $137.5 million. And while Garoppolo and the 49ers have enjoyed success with him under center – most notably a Super Bowl berth at the end of the 2019 season – he has been sidelined on several occasions due to injuries.

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