- The 49ers almost finished the job Jimmy Garoppolo sent to the commanders
- The Chiefs opted for Carson Wentz after Garoppolo underwent shoulder surgery
- San Francisco needs a backup quarterback for Garoppolo
The San Francisco 49ers may be thanking their stars right now that an NFL trade involving Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t happen.
Most know the 30-year-old has been linked to several teams, but it seems at least one NFL team had the inside track – the Washington Commanders.
According to the report from ESPNWashington loomed as a likely landing spot for the two-time Super Bowl champion.
However, that all went up in smoke after Garoppolo decided to have shoulder surgery.
Like most NFL teams, the Commanders decided to look to someone else.
Washington ultimately decided to sign Carson Wentz for play-calling duties instead.
While other NFL teams like the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers have been mentioned as potential trade partners, nothing has come to fruition.
Instead, the Niners decided to restructure Garoppolo’s contract during training camp.
The Illinois native eventually settled for a $6.5 million fully guaranteed deal, something that includes a no-trade clause.
Garoppolo will officially become a free agent in 2023, at which time he can choose where he will play professional football next.
Furthermore, most know that keeping Garoppolo has alleviated some concerns for their tight end as they were without Trey Lance for the rest of the season after he suffered a foot injury.
Lance has already undergone surgery and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
The young quarterback is not expected to return until the 2023 NFL season, although there are claims that he could technically return sometime near the end of the current NFL season.
The decision will likely ensure that Lance returns to full strength and avoids any further health issues.
With Garoppolo at the helm, it will be interesting to see how the season goes for the 49ers.
Moreover, head coach Kyle Shanahan and the Niners may have to look to a backup quarterback this season to give Garoppolo a helping hand.
As mentioned in a previous report in the International Business Times, Shanahan will likely turn to running back Kyle Juszczyk as a backup.
There are notable players for the 49ers to consider such as Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and Mike Glennon, among others.