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Jimmy Garoppolo Rumors: 49ers QB Resumed Throwing 2-3 Weeks Ago amid Trade Buzz

Erin WalshJuly 12, 2022

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Jimmy Garoppolo continues to be included in trade rumors leading up to training camp, and it appears those rumors will only continue as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback continues to ramp up activity following shoulder surgery.

Garoppolo resumed throwing two to three weeks ago, according to The Athletic's Matt Barrows, which is a good sign for the veteran with the 2022 campaign quickly approaching.

The news comes after Don Yee, Garoppolo's agent, told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that the veteran is recovering well from surgery.

"He's progressing well and on schedule," Yee said. "We're optimistic about the upcoming season. Over the weekend, a report came out that asserted that I had spoken to a media member about his future, but the report was false."

The report Yee was referring to came from NFL Insider Dan Sileo (h/t All 49ers), who suggested that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be a destination for Garoppolo, who previously worked behind Tom Brady with the New England Patriots from 2014-16.

Garoppolo has also been linked to numerous other franchises, including the Seattle Seahawks, who are prepared to enter the 2022 campaign with Drew Lock as their starter after trading Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

The Seahawks have had internal discussions about acquiring Garoppolo this summer, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. However, Seattle could wait to make a move for the veteran until he's released.

ESPN's Dan Graziano reported last month that the "majority of people" he talked to believed Garoppolo would eventually be released. If he's cut, the 49ers would have a $1.4 million dead cap hit for 2022, but would save $25.5 million, according to Spotrac.

The Niners nearly traded Garoppolo before his March 8 shoulder surgery, general manager John Lynch said on KNBR in May, per Jake Hutchinson.

"I felt we were close in some discussions and then the decision was made to have surgery and it brought things to a screeching halt," Lynch said. "We either want to have Jimmy playing for us, which we’re all right with, or we want him to get the value."

Garoppolo has spent the last five seasons of his career with the 49ers. His best season came in 2019, when he led the team to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance. However, most of his time in San Francisco has been injury-riddled.

After appearing in just six games during the 2020 season, Garoppolo appeared in 15 games during the 2021 campaign, leading San Francisco to a 9-6 record. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards and 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.

the 49ers signaled they were ready to move on from Garoppolo when they traded up to pick Trey Lance third overall during the 2021 NFL draft. The North Dakota State product appeared in six games last season, completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 168 yards and a score.

With Lance expected to take over as the team's starter in 2022, it's no surprise the 49ers will be looking to move Garoppolo once he's healed from surgery.

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