As San Francisco 49ers Jimmy Garrapolo walked slowly back to the locker room after suffering a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, 20-17. This may have been his final walk back to the 49ers locker room. There have been trading rumors discussing Garappolo’s whereabouts for several years. However, it seems to have come to a head at the end of this year.
Garropollo and the San Francisco 49er’s latest comeback was derailed when he attempted to extend a play. He threw a pass that fell off the fingertips of his running back, JaMycal Hasty, hands into Rams linebacker Travin Howard. Ultimately, this ended the 49ers season. This will force the 49ers to look at the scope of their future this offseason and part ways with Jimmy G.
RAMS GET THE INT AND THAT SHOULD BE GAME 😱
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Just minutes later, Garrappolo stood in front of the media and elaborated his emotions during the moment. Staring directly into the reality of the following season and the uncertainty of his future.
“[The emotions] hit pretty hard in the locker room,” Garoppolo said. “I think these next couple of days it will really start to settle in a little bit. Emotions are high after a game win or loss, and it’s one of those things you’ve got to be glad it happened, a smile from it, and think about the good things. We’ll see what happens in these next couple of days, weeks, whatever, but I love this team. Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year have been really impressive. I love those guys.”
Jimmy G’s journey with the San Francisco 49ers
The opportunity to play one more game with the team that gave him a shot by trading a second-round draft pick in 2017. After making the Super Bowl in 2019, Jimmy G received a record-breaking five-year $137.5 million contract. However, Garrapolo completed 16 of 30 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He had a passer rating of 87.1 after Sunday’s performance. He delivered some big throws but also delivered the dagger turnover when the game counted the most.
After the loss, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t ready to let Jimmy G go but instead offered gratitude and appreciation for his performance.
“I love Jimmy,” Shanahan said. “I’m not going to sit here and make a farewell statement or anything right now. There’s a lot of stuff on my mind. Jimmy has battled his ass off, he battled today and he did some unbelievable things today. I love coaching Jimmy.”
Contractual complications with Garrpolog going forward
The remainder of the time Shanahan will coach Garropolo remains to be untold. However, it this no secret the 49ers have tried t move on from Jimmy G. They traded up for the number three draft pick in last year’s draft to select Trey Lance. Parting ways with Jimmy G won’t be easy though due to his guaranteed money in the final year of his contract. He’s scheduled to make $26.9 million, though the San Francisco 49ers would incur a charge of only $1.4 in dead money by trading or releasing Garropolo in the offseason. The 49ers prefer to trade Garropolo with multiple teams around the league hoping in return they get a proven starter. However, this may not seem likely, due to the fact, for any team aiming to acquire Jimmy G may have to offer a contract extension.
“I think he handled the season amazing,” 49ers left tackle Trent Williams said. “Nobody wants to be in the position he was put in. But you couldn’t tell. Jimmy is a class act. He handled himself professionally every day. I’m proud of him. He’s a brother for life.”
“I’ve got no regrets from this year,” Garoppolo said.