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49ers thought Jimmy Garoppolo would be traded to Commanders in offseason, per report

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The San Francisco 49ers were lucky to have Jimmy Garoppolo on the roster after a tumultuous off-season trade attempt. San Francisco walked away from Garoppolo and named Trey Lance as their starting quarterback, hoping to find a trading partner for their former player so that Lance wouldn’t feel any pressure in his role.

Garoppolo, who had shoulder surgery in the off-season that kept him out of a deal, eventually returned to the 49ers after the team agreed to rework his contract as Lance’s understudy. Lance lasted less than two games before suffering an ankle injury at the end of the season, bringing Garoppolo back to the job he had been doing for five years with huge success.

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The 49ers thought they had a buyer at Garoppolo in the off-season, which would make a big difference to their 2022 season if the deal went through. By ESPN, San Francisco believed they had made a deal with Washington Command prior to Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery. Once Garoppolo decided to have surgery as his shoulder wasn’t healing as originally intended, Washington went ahead and made a deal with Carson Wentz a few days later.

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The 49ers decided to restructure Garoppolo’s contract after failing to find a trading partner for him during training camp. Garoppolo’s new deal includes a fully guaranteed $6.5 million base salary with a no-trade clause and a no-tag clause attached to the deal. This allows Garoppolo to become a free agent and choose his next team in 2023.

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Garoppolo now leads the offensive line, in which he has had great success under Kyle Shanahan, including leading the 49ers to an NFC championship game in two of the last three years. Last season, he completed 68.3% of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, recording a passer rating of 98.7 and leading the league in yards per completion (12.7). Garoppolo has been second in the league in completions (71.1%) since week 10 and fourth in passer rating (103.6) in the same span. His 8.64 yards per try was second in the NFL.

In Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Garoppolo went 13 of 21 for 154 touchdown yards, finishing with a 100.1 rating. He also had a rushing touchdown as the 49ers offense didn’t miss a single hit when he was in the game.

“I thought they did really good things,” Shanahan said Monday of the attack. “I think we did really well with the ball, just because of the collective effort of everyone. Everyone who did it and the number of runs we did just showed it. so overall I was happy, but I definitely want to do better.”

The 49ers dodged the bullet by not trading Garoppolo. As far as their 2022 prediction goes, they may have missed out on their Super Bowl chances as a result.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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