Jimmy Garappolo injured his shoulder during San Francisco’s win in the Wild Card round over the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs in the 2021 season. That has likely stopped him from being traded as well as Jimmy G waiting to have surgery on it.
According to senior NFL insider Albert Breer, the quarterback’s shoulder surgery is the lone reason why he’s still with the 49ers.
“I really do think Jimmy would have a starting job right now if it hadn’t been for the shoulder surgery. I think somebody would have taken that swing on him. I think the issue you have now with Jimmy, because of the shoulder issue, is, can you count on him to be what he’s been the last few years when you get to September and October?
And because he’s only under contract for one more year. You’re, by definition, acquiring him for 2022. So, you’re Carolina, right? Like people’s jobs are on the line in Carolina … Do you trade for Jimmy, knowing he’s going to miss the entire spring? He’s not going to be throwing again until late June, early July, you know?
“And even then, you may think that he’s going to be okay, but that’s sort of an unpredictable thing. Is he going to be full-go come training camp? And you’re trying to put in a new offense, right, like with Ben McAdoo there.”
Breer ended it by stating that teams are looking at Garoppolo saying how good he is if healthy:
“So, there are all these things that, sort of, the shoulder complicates. And you know, if everybody’s fighting for their job, then it becomes a little bit more difficult to kind of wrap your head around the idea of really going all-in on somebody like Jimmy.
And so, I think, with Jimmy, it’s really more than anything else the shoulder that’s complicated things. I do think that there are teams out there that look at Jimmy and say, ‘That guy could be a really good starting quarterback for us, if healthy.’ The problem is, he’s not healthy right now.”
Garoppolo has started 45 games for the 49ers since his trade from the Patriots in 2017. In that time, he has missed a ton of games, but has also led the franchise to two NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance back in the 2019 season.
In five seasons with the team, Jimmy G has thrown for 11,162 yards, 66 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions.