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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly didn’t speak to the team for “weeks and weeks” after inking a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers in Feb. 2018.
“Once he left that press conference, nobody heard from him for weeks and weeks,” an associate of this 49ers coaching staff told Michael Silver of the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Chronicle.
“He didnt return calls, he didnt return textshe simply vanished. And we were considering one another going, What just happened?'”
The 49ers added Garoppolo from the brand new England Patriots via trade in the center of the 2017 season. He started the 49ers’ final five games and led the team to a 5-0 record throughout that stretch.
Following the season, Garoppolo inked the long-term deal to become San Francisco’s franchise quarterback.
Garoppolo helped lead the 49ers to the 2019 NFC title and the 2021 NFC Championship Game. Unfortunately, injuries have prevented him from reaching his full potential with the 49ers. He sat almost all of 2018 (torn ACL) and 2020 (high ankle sprain), playing just nine total games in those years.
The 49ers have ultimately decided to put their future in the hands of quarterback Trey Lance, who they landed with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
Lance will undoubtedly be QB1 this season after sitting behind Jimmy G last season, once the 49ers reached the NFC Championship Game.
Garoppolo has twelve months left on his contract before learning to be a free agent following this season. The 49ers have Garoppolo’s agents permission to get a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but nothing has materialized.
With training camps winding down and the standard season set to begin with in a single month, it seems Garoppolo may open the growing season because the 49ers’ backup barring a late preseason development.
Now Trey Lance may be the face of the franchise, he and the 49ers will open the growing season on Sept. 11 contrary to the Chicago Bears. Lance got extended playing amount of time in six games this past year (starting two) in relief of an injured Garoppolo.
For the growing season, he completed 41-of-71 passes for five touchdowns (two interceptions) and 603 yards. He rushed for 168 yards and something score.