San Francisco 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan maps out future with Jimmy Garoppolo

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Barring what San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan would name a surprising improvement, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has performed his remaining snap of the 2020 NFL season as he continues to work his method again from a excessive ankle sprain.

That does not imply, nevertheless, that Garoppolo has performed his remaining recreation as a Niner.

Requested Monday whether or not he envisions Garoppolo returning as his beginning quarterback in 2021, Shanahan reiterated that he does and went into element as to what’s going to go into their offseason strategy with him and the place as an entire.

“Sure, I do imagine Jimmy goes to be our quarterback subsequent yr,” Shanahan stated, echoing what he stated after Garoppolo sprained the ankle for the second time on Nov. 1.

At the moment, Shanahan left a little bit of wiggle room for some attainable quarterback shuffling, mentioning that no roster choices for subsequent season could be made thus far faraway from when it is scheduled to start out.

When Shanahan once more stated Monday that he believes Garoppolo would be the staff’s quarterback in 2021, he was requested why he is so sure of that given the dimensions of Garoppolo’s contract and his harm historical past.

Once more, Shanahan defined, as he and normal supervisor John Lynch usually have, that they may all the time have a look at all choices that might make the staff higher.

“You may’t say something with certainty,” Shanahan stated. “You do not sit right here and make guarantees on something. If you construct a soccer staff, it is your job to place the most effective staff collectively yr in and yr out.”

However Shanahan’s backing of Garoppolo is extra instantly tied to the concept that if the 49ers are to switch him, they’d higher make certain they’re getting an improve. That is no straightforward job provided that the 49ers are 22-Eight in regular-season video games Garoppolo has began and 7-26 in all video games began different quarterbacks since Shanahan took over in 2017.

“You look into each avenue and also you see if there’s one thing on the market that may get you a ton higher,” Shanahan stated. “That is the identical reply for each place, however have a look at Jimmy, look what he is accomplished, look the place he is at financially. We higher have an excellent reply for those who’re gonna discover one thing higher than that as a result of Jimmy has proven in a single yr that he is the man who can take us to the Tremendous Bowl, and I additionally suppose that Jimmy goes to get so much higher the extra he performs.”

Garoppolo is scheduled to depend $26.9 million in opposition to the wage cap subsequent season and $27 million in 2022.

The 49ers might theoretically transfer on from Garoppolo and save $24.1 million in cap house with simply $2.Eight million in lifeless cash in an offseason through which the wage cap is anticipated to drop and they’re slated to have round 40 gamers attain some type of free company.

However Shanahan would not view Garoppolo’s wage as notably onerous, noting that since he signed his five-year, $137.5 million deal in 2018, loads of different quarterbacks have surpassed him. Garoppolo’s $26.9 million salary-cap determine for subsequent season could be the 11th highest within the NFL.

“That is simply how a lot they price,” Shanahan stated. “So, it is not prefer it’s one thing ridiculous or something like that. We will work all that out. And, to not point out, have a look at Jimmy’s file when he is been right here. Jimmy, you’ll be able to win with. He is confirmed that. He is confirmed he is a beginning quarterback on this league.”

Lots of the questions surrounding Garoppolo aren’t a lot about his contract as they’re the mix of his contract and his harm historical past. With the chance that Garoppolo would not play Sunday in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks, he could have missed 23 regular-season video games up to now three seasons.

Along with the torn ACL that price him 13 video games in 2018 and the pair of excessive ankle sprains that saved him out of 10 video games this yr, Garoppolo additionally had a shoulder harm that prevented him from making a few begins when he was with the New England Patriots in 2016.

That, together with the pending free company for backups Nick Mullens (restricted) and C.J. Beathard (unrestricted), means the Niners must take an extended have a look at their quarterback room it doesn’t matter what as they head into 2021.

“Sure, we’ve got to have the ability to enhance our staff and stuff if he does get damage but additionally what’s going to assist that for those who ever have a backup moving into to play an entire yr will probably be making an attempt to maintain the remainder of your roster wholesome,” Shanahan stated. “It was going to be a tricky yr for Jimmy, too, if he stayed there. Sure, we might have had a greater likelihood due to how good Jimmy is, however it was powerful on anyone who was going to get put in that place. So, you are not going to take a seat and overreact simply because our backup quarterbacks needed to play all yr in some powerful conditions, however you are going to have a look at who we will get subsequent yr.”

To Shanahan’s level about the remainder of the roster, the 49ers got here out of Saturday’s win in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals with much more harm attrition in a season filled with it.

Left deal with Trent Williams (sprained elbow) and rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk (excessive ankle sprain) is not going to play Sunday in opposition to the Seahawks after struggling accidents in opposition to the Cardinals. Shanahan additionally dominated out cornerback Richard Sherman for this week as he continues to cope with a calf harm. Williams and Sherman are set to be unrestricted free brokers.

The 49ers additionally put long-snapper Taybor Pepper and heart Hroniss Grasu on the reserve/COVID-19 record Monday.

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