Source: 49ers give Jimmy G's agents permission to seek trade


We're back on Jimmy Garoppolo trade watch.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan confirmed Wednesday, citing a league source, that the 49ers officially have given Garoppolo's agents permission to seek a trade. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the news, which NBC Sports Bay Area first reported in March.

Garoppolo has been recovering from shoulder surgery, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Garoppolo was on schedule to receive full medical clearance in mid-August.

With the latest developments, it's clear that the 49ers will hand the keys over to Trey Lance as QB1 for the 2022 season. 

This is not surprising, as coach Kyle Shanahan said in May that the 49ers still expected to trade Garoppolo before the 2022 season began.

"I expect at sometime, most likely, he’ll be traded but, who knows,” Shanahan said. “That’s not a guarantee. It went on hold when it (surgery) happened. When he’s healthy we’ll see what happens.”

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Garoppolo has one year remaining on his contract, which currently counts $26.95 million against the salary cap. Any team that acquires him would take on $24.2 million in salary, but could work out a new deal with Garoppolo that could potentially lower the yearly cost as part of a potential extension. There's also a chance the 49ers would have to pitch in some of Garoppolo's salary, like the Browns did when they traded Baker Mayfield to the Panthers.

It is not clear yet whether the 49ers will have Garoppolo report to training camp -- if he's still on the roster -- when it begins next Tuesday, July 26.

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