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The 49ers Could End Up Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo This Year

Jimmy Garoppolo drops back to pass.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 16: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Most football fans assumed Jimmy Garoppolo would be traded this offseason, and understandably so. The San Francisco 49ers drafted his replacement in Trey Lance.

However, the 49ers have not yet found a trade partner to take on the final year of Garoppolo's contract.

On the latest episode of The Pat McAfee Show, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport discussed Garoppolo's future with the 49ers. Surprisingly, he didn't rule out the veteran quarterback returning to San Francisco for another year.

"The longer we go in this thing and Jimmy G is still on the 49ers, makes me think they could keep him," Rapoport said. "I mean, he led them to the playoffs last year. I know he wasn't perfect, but would it be the craziest thing in the world to keep him and let Trey Lance learn for another year?"

At this point, it doesn't sound like Garoppolo has much of a trade market. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports hinted at that earlier today.

“Why haven’t the 49ers traded Jimmy Garoppolo? Who wants to make an investment (draft capital + $$) in a quarterback who won’t be able to throw a football for at least three more months? There’s no part of me that believes any team has made an offer to SF,” Maiocco wrote on Twitter.

The 49ers could decide to play the waiting game with Garoppolo.

After all, an injury could occur in training camp that could force a team to pursue a quarterback like Garoppolo.