In a recent interview, Garoppolo revealed that when the 49ers initially told him they would be trading up to draft a quarterback, he thought about asking for a trade. But over time he realized that he wanted to stay in San Francisco and contribute however he can.
“When it initially happened, there’s a million emotions that go on throughout your head, and you think of all the possible scenarios and things like that,” Garoppolo said, per NBCSports.com. “But at the end of the day, I want to play football. I want to go out there and win games. That’s what I do. And so it wasn’t anything too crazy. It took a little while to process everything. But once I did, it was just, ‘Go out there and ball.’ You got to go out and attack it. The NFL is a crazy business. Things happen, but you have to attack it day by day and make the best of it.”
The 49ers gave Garoppolo the courtesy of telling him that they would be trading up for a quarterback a full month before the 2021 NFL Draft. And the brass specifically told him that they want him to stick around without demanding a salary reduction.
As for his mindset on the 2021 season, Garoppolo intends to block out the noise and keep pushing himself.
“When you hear those critiques and you hear those little things out there, it pushes you to take your game to the next level. We’re all competitors out there. We all want to go [play] the perfect game, and at the end of the day, that’s what we’re trying to do. I’ll keep pushing myself.”
Jimmy Garoppolo missed 10 games in 2020 due to injuries. He's played in just 31 total games in his four years with the team.
How often will Garoppolo see the field for the 49ers in 2021?