Despite all signs indicating rookie quarterback Trey Lance will be the future under center in San Francisco, Kyle Shanahan has continued to string the Jimmy Garoppolo debacle along. He only furthered the speculation on Wednesday when he hinted at Garoppolo’s future with the 49ers.
Per 49ers Webzone, Shanahan remained adamant when talking to the press that there was a possibility that Garoppolo could be wearing a 49ers uniform next season.
— 49ers Webzone (@49erswebzone) November 24, 2021
“There’s a chance for anything, but I think we’ve made it pretty clear that Trey is our guy of the future, whenever that happens,” Shanahan said. “But it’s also nothing against Jimmy that we took Trey to be our guy of the future.”
The 49ers traded up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Lance with the third overall pick. He’s been used sparingly in 2021, as the Niners were hoping to use this year for developmental purposes. Lance has featured in five games and has completed 25-of-48 pass attempts for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Garoppolo is currently on the payroll through the 2022 season. He’s making $24.1 million in 2021 and is due to earn $24.2 million in 2022. Should the 49ers fail to find a suitable landing spot for the 30-year-old, Shanahan hasn’t ruled out the possibility of him returning to the organization for the final year of his contract. He signed the five-year, $137.5 million deal in 2018, but the 49ers have already made clear he’s not part of their long-term future. As for 2022, Shanahan remains noncommital.
This season, Garoppolo has thrown 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, completing 66.9% of his pass attempts for 2,112 yards. In the nine games he’s started, the 49ers are 5-4.
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