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Kyle Shanahan doesn't rule out keeping Jimmy Garoppolo as backup in 2022: 'Anything is possible'

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

If Jimmy Garoppolo is on the 49ers’ Week 1 roster, the $26.95 million he owes in 2022 will be fully guaranteed. San Francisco may pay for it. Or at least according to coach Kyle Shanahan, who didn’t rule out having Garoppolo as a backup option at quarterback on Tuesday. “I don’t know what I’m going to do that day,” when asked about Garoppolo future, Shanahan said, because it has to do with the NFL’s Aug. 30 final roster cut deadline. “(I will) may decide when to come.”

Pressed to clarify if There’s also Garoppolo’s chance to stay with the team, even after Shanahan dropped all options after the entire offseason plan was waived for 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance to take over at center. “I think any scenario is possible,” he said, adding that he still regularly Communicate with Garoppolo and get a feel for the veteran’s physical condition after recovering from shoulder surgery early in the offseason. 49ers likely just pinned their hopes on trade Partner will surface before the final layoff, possibly due to another team’s preseason injury. They have revolved around installing Lance as a new starter throughout the offseason, with Garoppolo effectively being bought from the start of the 2021 season. The problem is that nearly every team has long since addressed the 2022 QB vacancy, and Garoppolo only recently received medical clearance for full-court action. The 30-year-old signal caller would be 49ers if traded or outright released The team saved $25.5 million. Given that he could have at least one team’s market — the rival Seahawks — as a potential starter, it’s unlikely he will continue to be Lance’s backup with a pay cut.



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