Tom Brady has retired and is off the market, while Brock Purdy could miss next season in its entirety as he’s now due for Tommy John surgery following an injury sustained during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. However, the San Francisco 49ers are still unwilling to re-sign Jimmy Garoppolo, although the decision to part ways might have been his.
The Niners were faced with one of the most bizarre quarterback situations of recent memory, having gone down to their fourth-string QB this weekend. As if that wasn’t strange enough, that QB, Josh Johnson, had to leave the game himself, with running back Christian McCaffery needing to slot in as the team’s signal caller.
That’s not the complete story, though. Purdy, who started the game before going off injured in the first quarter, is actually San Francisco’s third-string QB. He entered the league as 2022’s “Mr. Irrelevant” – to the uninitiated, the very last pick of the NFL Draft – but became almost an instant star following injuries to both Garoppolo and starter Trey Lance.
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So successful was Purdy’s time as the main man, the 49ers were even understood to be ready to trade Lance and keep him. And, up until Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, they had not lost a single contest since he stepped in.
With all of that, you’d think the Niners would consider keeping Garoppolo around. But, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, the team’s moving on from the two-time Super Bowl champion.
Asked whether Garoppolo would be back next season by a reporter on Wednesday, Shanahan replied “No, I don’t see any scenario of that.”
Garoppolo has been with San Francisco since 2017. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2014 Draft and won two Super Bowls playing understudy to Tom Brady. It’s possible he returns there, with Brady no longer available following his retirement announcement on Wednesday.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.