49ers list QB Jimmy Garoppolo as fourth-string option

The San Francisco 49ers may or may not keep veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo until August, even though he was replaced by 2021 rookie Trey Lance as the new starter, just so the rival Seattle Seahawks the division, cannot get their hands on him. for the Week 2 fixture between the clubs on September 18.

Ahead of last weekend, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco suggested Garoppolo might be able to “accept a backup role and the significant pay cut that would come with it” to stay with the 49ers if no other team fails. was exchanging his services before the week. 1 next month. However, it looks like the 30-something and his employer won’t be hitting the road anytime soon.

As Mike Florio noted for Pro Football Talk, the 49ers released a depth chart ahead of Friday’s preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers. Garoppolo is listed as the fourth-string option at the sport’s most important position behind Lance and backups Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy.

According to Florio, Garoppolo’s base salary of $24.2 million for 2022 is only guaranteed if he is still on San Francisco’s active roster as of 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 10. Theoretically, this reality could give the 49ers a bit more time to shop for Jimmy G to potential buyers and also force Seattle to pitch either veteran Geno Smith or 2019 second-round draft pick Drew Lock against San Francisco in the week 2.

Garoppolo is not expected to play for the 49ers in August exhibition games as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery in March.

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