Silver: 49ers kept Jimmy Garoppolo out of concern for Trey Lance – 49ers Webzone

Silver: 49ers kept Jimmy Garoppolo out of concern for Trey Lance - 49ers Webzone

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San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will speak with reporters before Tuesday’s practice. The main issue will be the team’s decision to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a restructured one-year deal, keeping the quarterback on the roster while significantly reducing his salary cap figure.

The 49ers now own approximately $21 million in salary cap space, per Over The Cap. That’s up about $3 million as of Monday morning. The deal has reportedly been in the works since last week but wasn’t revealed until NFL insider Adam Schefter spilled all the glorious details.

San Francisco looked to trade Garoppolo every offseason. That failed miserably. The 49ers aren’t entirely to blame, though. The quarterback shocked the team with his decision to undergo shoulder surgery on March 8. That threw a wrench into Lynch and Shanahan’s plan.

Soon after, the once booming market of quarterback-needy teams evaporated. The Niners moved on with a second-year quarterback Trey Lance, last year’s No. 3 overall pick, as their starter. Regardless of where things stood with their former starter, the Garoppolo-49ers marriage seemed poised for divorce.

Along the way, the 49ers did what you’d expect. They displayed their faith in the 22-year-old quarterback while giving every indication that the 30-year-old quarterback’s time in the Bay Area was over.

Now, Garoppolo is staying, and he will serve as the backup to his one-time protégé. Naturally, the news sent social media into a frenzy.

While most see this as a business decision, perhaps the only move available for a team short on options, San Francisco could be releasing Garoppolo. That would free up even more salary cap space, but that might have resulted in Garoppolo signing with the Seattle Seahawks and facing his former team twice this season. That probably wasn’t ideal in the eyes of Lynch and Shanahan.

One Bay Area reporter sees the situation differently, however. He sees San Francisco’s decision to keep Garoppolo as a statement about the team’s feelings about the inexperienced Lance.

This is a hedge, plain and simple,” wrote Michael Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle. “And the reason the 49ers are covering is because they’re worried Lance, for all his promise, won’t be good enough to land their built-to-win-now team. to its only acceptable destination – Glendale, Arizona, next February 12, where York lifts the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy.”

Silver points to Lance’s inconsistent training camp and even the quarterback’s shaky outing during the preseason finale against the Houston Texans as reasons why doubt may have crept into Shanahan’s mind.

“Most concerning, he had problems with accuracy and consistency,” Silver continued. “At times during OTAs, he looked like a guy who could zip the ball from Point A to Point B with NFL-caliber proficiency. At other times, he looked like Ricky (Wild Thing) Vaughn in the first act of ‘Major League.’ … You better believe Shanahan and his assistants were at least a little worried.”

Silver believes that, coupled with a lack of viable Garoppolo options, landed the 49ers where they are now. If things go south with Lance, whether due to injury or inconsistent play, the team probably believes Garoppolo isn’t a bad Plan B to have.

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