In the latest wave of Jimmy Garoppolo news, NFL insider Ian Rapoport confirmed something the Pro Football Docs have alluded to since January: the San Francisco 49ers quarterback suffered damage to his rotator cuff in the Wild Card win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The 30-year-old quarterback underwent surgery to repair that damage to his throwing shoulder in early March, but it has significantly damaged his trade value, as the Pro Football Docs projected.
Jimmy Garoppolo Injury Update
Despite an early report from Adam Schefter that Garoppolo would be able to throw by July 4, the veteran quarterback still has a ways to go before proving to teams that he will be ready to start the season.
That caused Baker Mayfield to be traded before him and continues to make him an undesirable asset to teams.
In March, Dr. David Chao, Pro Football Doc, broke down how the surgery would likely affect him in the offseason.
Multiple factors are still working against the 49ers and Garoppolo in finding him a new landing spot. The latest news confirms he won't be able to take meaningful practice reps until mid-August, making learning a new playbook and offense nearly impossible before the season.
When Garoppolo's former Patriots mentor Tom Brady joined the Buccaneers, Brady did everything possible to get access to the new playbook – even visiting Byron Leftwich in the middle of the pandemic.
Once he can pass a physical, Garoppolo will have a much tighter window to learn the offense and develop rapport with his new receiving core.
As the waiting game continues, the possibility exists that Garoppolo will be cut by the 49ers ahead of Week 1 – when his pay becomes guaranteed. If San Francisco goes that route, the team would gain more than $25 million in salary cap space, with just $1.4 million in dead money.