NFL Insider provides Jimmy Garoppolo update as practices begin

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The San Francisco 49ers’ plan was to hand over the team to quarterback Trey Lance while trading Jimmy Garoppolo.

However, Garoppolo is still with the team as there have been no takers for him.

Yes, he was on the team that went to the NFC Championship Game last season.

But it was obvious that the former Eastern Illinois standout wasn’t the main reason for the successful run.

Likewise, the injury to his throwing shoulder has made teams looking for a quarterback cautious.

After an update from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, those teams might change their minds.

Rapoport tweeted: “#49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo rehabbed his throwing shoulder offsite, per his surgeon’s instructions. Garoppolo and the team are on the same page as this continues, and he won’t be there when their off-season conditioning program will begin today.

Garoppolo’s non-attendance at San Francisco’s offseason practices indicates Lance will be their starting quarterback in 2022.

After all, there’s no point putting him back on the bench after trading for him last season.

The North Dakota State alum has started two of the six games he has played in 2021.

His limited experience means the jury is still out on whether he will be the franchise quarterback for the 49ers.

The Niners haven’t had a long-term fix under center since Steve Young, and they’re hoping the Lance trade pays off.

Any takers for Garoppolo?

His offsite rehabilitation means the team is still actively trying to trade him.

But at this point, only the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers are actively looking for a quarterback.

Unfortunately, they might rather write a prospect than negotiate for Garoppolo.

Although the veteran has more experience, his $26.9 million cap for 2022 might be too much for either team.

Likewise, the Panthers and Seahawks may instead bank on a younger athlete with an advantage.

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