The Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco is coming to an end.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the 49ers intend to trade Garoppolo in the offseason to clear the deck for first-round draft pick Trey Lance.
“Absent a Super Bowl run, which at this point is still theoretically possible, this is the 49ers’ plan next season: start Trey Lance, trade Jimmy Garoppolo. Not a surprise there, they’ve been pretty up front about that,” Rapoport said Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning. “What Garoppolo is doing now is increasing the value of picks the 49ers get in a trade involving him, and they make it more likely that a place he wants to go would want to take him.”
Garoppolo has completed 170 of 254 passes this season for 2,112 yards, 12 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Him putting up strong numbers makes it even better for the team to find a trade partner.
What makes it even juicer is that the 2022 quarterback draft class isn’t projected to be especially strong.
Hard to believe that it was four years ago when the 49ers traded a second-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for Garoppolo, then promptly signed him to a lucrative five-year, $137.5 million contract.