At the beginning of the NFL season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the San Francisco 49ers were going to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and make Trey Lance their quarterback of the future. Fast forward to the end of March and all signs point to the 49ers not getting a deal anytime soon.
Some thought that San Francisco would give up on a trade and release Garoppolo due to his minimal dead cap penalty. Unfortunately, that may not be the case as 49ers fans will likely hate what general manager John Lynch had to say about the situation.
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Lynch told reporters during the NFL's Annual Meeting in Florida that the 49ers are prepared to begin the 2022 season with Garoppolo on the roster. In fact, he went as far as saying that the team is "fortunate" to roster "three quarterbacks we believe in."
Garoppolo carries a $26.95 million cap hit in 2022, but San Francisco could save over $25.5 million by cutting him. A possible scenario is that the 49ers probably don't want to lose him without a return by releasing him, which is why they're holding out hope for a trade.
At the same time, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in March that the 49ers may not be convinced of Lance as the starting quarterback just yet. If they do indeed have their reservations, it'd make sense to hold onto Garoppolo from the remainder of his contract.
The truth is that the 49ers have had a decent amount of success with Garoppolo. They've been to the playoffs in both seasons where he's played at least 15 games, taking them all the way to Super Bowl LIV before making an NFC Champion Game appearance last season.
Whoever starts under center for the 49ers next season will certainly face a ton of pressure. FanDuel Sportsbook has San Francisco listed as having +1500 odds (T-No. 6) to win Super Bowl LVII.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.