49ers rework Jimmy Garoppolo deal to stay in San Francisco; the contract includes a no-trade clause

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is staying put. On Monday, Garoppolo agreed to a restructured one-year deal that will keep him in San Francisco, CBS Sports NFL Insiders Josina Anderson and Jonathan Jones report. The contract includes non-marketing and labeling clauses, according to ESPN. Garoppolo will become a free agent next offseason.

Garoppolo’s no-trade clause doesn’t mean he can’t be traded, according to ESPN. It just means that Garoppolo will have to be included in the negotiations and that he will have to agree to the trade.

According to NFL Media, Garoppolo’s new deal is worth $6.5 million, which is fully guaranteed, and includes incentives that could bring his money close to $16 million. With the 53-man roster deadline on Tuesday, the 49ers had to make a decision on Jimmy G, and now he’ll be back in the fold as Trey Lance’s backup.

Garoppolo’s initial base salary in 2022 was $24.2 million, and that was likely the main reason his trade never materialized — especially after the quarterback underwent offseason shoulder surgery. Just last week, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan don’t rule out the possibility of San Francisco, keeping Jimmy G in the fold. The 49ers now have a very solid backup plan if something goes wrong.

Garoppolo’s name has been in the news all offseason. In July, it was reported that the rival Seattle Seahawks were considering adding Jimmy G to their quarterback battle. It was also reported earlier this month that the Cleveland Browns will consider looking at Garoppolo if Deshaun Watson’s suspension goes up, which it did. When New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury in Week 1 of the preseason, many thought Robert Saleh would make a move since he knew Garoppolo from his days as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator, but that didn’t happen either. .

As time went on, it started to feel more and more likely that the 49ers would keep Garoppolo. 49ers owner Jed York even said recently that the team is in no rush to trade the QB and that he will be happy to hold it.

“I’ve said this before, you can’t have enough good defenders and good football players,” York told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “I’m not going to get into discussions about the lineup and what John (Lynch) and Kyle (Shanahan) want to do. But I will support them in anything they want to do to make this team the best it can be.

“I watched it with Joe (Montana) and Steve (Young) and I realize the salary cap is different today than not having a salary cap. But we’ve said it before: We’re happy to keep Jimmy. We are happy to have him on the list. And if that’s the way it is, then that’s the way it is.”

Garoppolo, who turns 31 in November, threw for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games last season, going 9-6 as a starter. San Francisco rebounded from a 2-4 start to reach the playoffs with a 10-7 record and pulled off two straight upsets in the postseason before falling to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game. Even with what was an overall impressive campaign, the 49ers gave up a king’s ransom to select Lance No. 3 last year for a reason.

Jimmy G was traded to the 49ers from the New England Patriots midway through the 2017 season. After winning his first five starts with the 49ers to close out the year, San Francisco signed him to five-year, $137.5 million deal. Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 campaign, but returned in 2019 to lead the 49ers to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While Garoppolo has the fourth-highest winning percentage among all NFL quarterbacks since 2016, the 49ers’ offense has never been spearheaded by the arm of Jimmy G compared to San Francisco’s impressive rushing attack or his ingenuity in using different playmakers like Deebo Samuel. As soon as the 49ers made their big trade up to the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it felt like Garoppolo’s days as the franchise’s starting quarterback might be numbered.

With the 49ers’ decision to retain Garoppolo, there will be plenty of talk about the team’s level of trust in Lance. Either way, their quarterback room is more solidified with a veteran who has spent years on offense.

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