Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t anticipated to take one other snap this season for the San Francisco 49ers as a pair of excessive ankle sprains derailed most of his marketing campaign.
Regardless of the misplaced season, the 49ers stay publicly dedicated to Garoppolo as their quarterback for 2021, even robust he has remained wholesome solely as soon as in three seasons as starter.
“I do consider Jimmy’s going to be our quarterback subsequent yr,” coach Kyle Shanahan stated this week.
Shanahan added that nothing within the NFL is totally sure and the Niners will do what it takes to construct the very best roster doable this offseason.
However he factors to the success San Francisco has had when Garoppolo has been wholesome with a 22-8 document in these video games since he arrived in 2017. That is in comparison with the 7-26 mark with all different quarterbacks underneath Shanahan as a purpose to stay with him.
“Take a look at Jimmy’s document when he’s been right here. Jimmy, you’ll be able to win with. He’s confirmed that,” Shanahan stated. “He’s confirmed he’s a beginning quarterback on this league. We had a few different guys who received alternatives this yr who performed like they’ve an opportunity at occasions to be beginning quarterbacks, however they did play like backups general.”
The Niners acquired Garoppolo in a midseason commerce from New England in 2017 and he received the ultimate 5 video games that season after San Francisco began the yr 1-10.
That earned Garoppolo a $137.5 million, five-year contract that offseason, however he then tore his ACL within the third sport of 2018, contributing to a 4-12 document with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens taking up for the ultimate 13 video games.
With a wholesome Garoppolo and a dominant protection final season, San Francisco went 13-3 and was in place to win the Tremendous Bowl earlier than Garoppolo and the protection faltered within the fourth quarter of a 31-20 loss to Kansas Metropolis.
That led to excessive hopes this yr, however Garoppolo injured his ankle in Week 2, returned for 4 extra begins starting in Week 5 earlier than happening with one other excessive ankle sprain that has ended his season.
“I feel he would have taken steps ahead and it might’ve been nice for him to play this yr,” Shanahan stated. “After what he received taking part in the yr earlier than, with the ability to undergo his first full season, I feel no matter the way it began out, it might have been a very good expertise for him to solely get higher. The accidents he had type of took the yr from him. … It was unlucky for Jimmy and for our workforce. I do know it’s irritating for him, however that’s why he’s received to enter this offseason and do every little thing he can on this offseason to prepare for Week 1 subsequent yr.”
The questions on Garoppolo’s standing stem from the truth that whereas he has performed effectively at occasions, he isn’t on the stage of the highest quarterbacks within the league. With an almost $27 million wage cap hit for subsequent season, however solely minimal lifeless cash of $2.8 million if the Niners resolve to maneuver on, the likelihood for change is there.
San Francisco could possibly be in place to draft a rookie quarterback and look to economize on the place in an offseason when cap room might be tight. The Niners additionally might look to accumulate a veteran on the commerce or free agent market who could possibly be extra sturdy or maybe more practical.
However Shanahan doesn’t anticipate many higher choices on the market than a quarterback who threw 27 TD passes and posted a 102 passer ranking in 2019, and says Garoppolo’s wage is in the course of the pack for quarterbacks.
“That’s how a lot they value,” Shanahan stated. “Now, you look into each avenue and also you see if there’s one thing on the market that may get you a ton higher it’s the identical reply for each place. However have a look at Jimmy, look what he’s executed, have a look at the place he’s at with us financially and we higher have an excellent reply in the event you’re going to search out one thing higher than that, as a result of Jimmy’s proven in a single yr that he’s a man who can take us to the Tremendous Bowl, and I additionally suppose Jimmy’s going to get rather a lot higher the extra he performs.”