Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo’s future is murky; a big game against the Packers would create clarity

Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo’s future is murky; a big game against the Packers would create clarity

1/21/2022 2:08:00 AM

Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo’s future is murky; a big game against the Packers would create clarity

What is Jimmy Garoppolo worth on the trade market? His performance against the Packers could make or break the 49ers’ present and future.

After months of playing coy, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is finally admitting the truth:This will be his last season with the 49ers.He’s known it, his teammates have known it, and his bosses made the decision long ago — the 49ers will be Trey Lance’s team in 2022 and when this season ends, after which the 49ers will endeavor to trade Garoppolo, who has a 34-15 record as San Francisco’s starter over the last five seasons.

“It’s always in the back of your mind. It has been in mine, you know, really this whole season,” Garoppolo said of the looming changes. “I knew what type of season it was, knew everything that was going on behind the scenes and whatnot. So it was a little different. But, at the same time, it’s like you’re saying you’ve got to tow that line because you don’t want to get too emotional in those [big] moments.”

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January 20, 2022 at 3:08 p.m. After months of playing coy, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is finally admitting the truth: This will be his last season with the 49ers. He’s known it, his teammates have known it, and his bosses made the decision long ago — the 49ers will be Trey Lance’s team in 2022 and when this season ends, after which the 49ers will endeavor to trade Garoppolo, who has a 34-15 record as San Francisco’s starter over the last five seasons. “It’s always in the back of your mind. It has been in mine, you know, really this whole season,” Garoppolo said of the looming changes. “I knew what type of season it was, knew everything that was going on behind the scenes and whatnot. So it was a little different. But, at the same time, it’s like you’re saying you’ve got to tow that line because you don’t want to get too emotional in those [big] moments.” Well, the moment doesn’t get any bigger than San Francisco’s Divisional Round matchup with the Green Bay Packers Saturday in Wisconsin. And whether Garoppolo picks up that 35th win or 16th loss will tell us so much about his future in this league. Whether Garoppolo has been a critical part of the Niners’ playoff run or merely a beneficiary of the overall roster’s success is a debate that will rage on well after Garoppolo exits our Bay area. Either way, there will be interest in a quarterback who has won as often as he has and who has handled a lame-duck season with aplomb. Related Articles