San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch went on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes radio show Monday and discussed a number of topics that included trade talks surrounding quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Lynch said he felt the team had been “close” to trading Garoppolo up until the quarterback underwent shoulder surgery. Once that happened, interest in him dried up.
“I felt we were close in some discussions and then the decision was made to have surgery and it brought things to a screeching halt,” Lynch said, per Jake Hutchinson of KNBR.
“We either want to have Jimmy playing for us, which we’re alright with, or we want him to get the value.”
Garoppolo underwent successful shoulder surgery on March 8th after suffering the injury during the 49ers’ 23-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC’s Wild Card Round on Jan. 16th.
Garoppolo isn’t scheduled to throw a football until July. Training camps leaguewide will start near the end of that month. Lynch clarified that the team isn’t going to release Garoppolo or give him away for minimal value.
Garoppolo has one year left on his deal, which carries a $26.95 million cap number.
For now, Garoppolo remains in San Francisco and it just might stay that way.