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The 49ers entered the 2022 NFL Draft with Jimmy Garoppolo still on their roster, and they have now exited the 2022 NFL Draft with Jimmy Garoppolo still on their roster. While a Garoppolo trade was expected to happen early in the offseason, a deal may happen closer in the middle of the summer than now.
A new target date to move on from Garoppolo seems to be set: ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reports that the 49ers are going to reopen trade talks surrounding Garoppolo in June or July, just prior to the start of mini-camp, when Garoppolo’s shoulder should be fully healed from shoulder surgery.
Now, with most teams settled at the quarterback position, only a few truly viable landing spots remain: The Panthers, who are heading into the season with Sam Darnold and rookie Matt Corral, and the Seahawks, who passed on several quarterbacks in the draft.
There are still hurdles in any deal the 49ers may want to make. The health of Garoppolo’s shoulder is one, and his $26.95 million cap number is another. No team will likely want Garoppolo at that number, even though he’s a proven passer in the league.
Should the 49ers release Garoppolo from his contract, they’ll be saving a gaudy $25.550 million against the cap. The Niners likely don’t want to let Garoppolo walk for nothing, especially to a division rival.
For now, Garoppolo remains on the roster. It might not be that way in a few months’ time.