San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted he was in positive shock after realizing he would Jimmy Garoppolo as his backup quarterback in 2022. On Monday, the 49ers announced Garoppolo would return to the team for this season.
After failing to find a trade partner for Garoppolo, the 49ers and the quarterback agreed to restructure the final year of his contract and give him a fully guaranteed deal worth $6.5 million. With incentives added to the deal, Garoppolo could earn up to $16 million this season.
The 49ers are maybe moving forward with Trey Lance as their starting quarterback, but they are extremely happy to have Garoppolo on their roster. “This was, ‘Oh my God, Jimmy Garoppolo’s available as a backup quarterback.’ It was pretty shocking for us,” Shanahan said, via 95.7 The Game.
“We thought it was a win-win for both sides”.
The 49ers really kept Garoppolo
Just 10 days ago, 49ers owner Jed York said he was willing to keep Garoppolo for 2022. But nobody was really believing it many felt the 49ers were just trying to gain leverage in trade talks for Garoppolo.
"I've said this before, you can't have enough good quarterbacks and good football players," York told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "I'm not going to get into roster discussions and what John (Lynch) and Kyle (Shanahan) want to do.
But I will support them in sort of anything that they want to make this team as good as it can possibly be. I watched it with Joe (Montana) and Steve (Young), and I realize the salary cap is different today than having no salary cap.
But we've said it before: We're happy to keep Jimmy. We're happy to have him on the roster. And if that's the case, then that's the case." Garoppolo gives the 49ers insurance that they will have a proven quarterback at the their disposal should something happen to Lance.