It sometimes has felt like no one really knows the immediate future of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, including Garoppolo himself.
But general manager John Lynch said it’s not because of a lack of communication. In fact, Lynch even went so far as to say that Garoppolo knows precisely where the organization stands.
“I think Jimmy’s got a really good trust in myself and (Coach Kyle Shanahan),” Lynch said via 49ers WebZone. “I think you earn that, and I think from day one, we’ve been very upfront with Jimmy.”
Garoppolo led the 49ers to the Super Bowl two years ago, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. But an ongoing high ankle sprain limited his mobility and ultimately kept him entirely sidelined this past season, as the Niners failed to make the playoffs.
San Francisco then selected QB Trey Lance with the third overall draft pick.
“When I went to Jimmy, I told him the truth,” Lynch told FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd. “Like, ‘Look, we have made a decision that we’re going to pursue a quarterback this offseason. You know, Jimmy, when you’ve played, you’ve been tremendous, and the record speaks to that. We feel like there’s room for growth. The biggest thing has been it’s hard to keep you on the field.’ That’s not an easy thing to tell a player, but Jimmy took it tremendously.”
So Garoppolo and Lance will compete for the starting job. But Lynch says Garoppolo will remain with the 49ers, no matter who wins that competition.
“And my other commitment was, ‘But here’s the good news, Jimmy. We don’t want you to go anywhere,'” Lynch said. “‘We want you to be here, and our ownership has made the commitment that we can do that. We can fit it in our cap, and we think it’s a good situation for you; probably not the one you ultimately want to hear. I’m sure you want to be the long-term guy. There’s a flip side to that. You still could be.’
“Because he’s going to have a chance to compete and earn that job, and we’re just going to let that play out. But Jimmy’s a really good football player.”