3 reasons why SF 49ers won’t move Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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There’s plenty of speculation the SF 49ers could move on from Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, but here are reasons why they don’t.

For the portion of the SF 49ers fanbase sticking to the hope and notion the team won’t move quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, this one’s for you.

While there’s a lot of speculation head coach Kyle Shanahan and the Niners could potentially move on from their starting quarterback in 2021, whether it be via a trade or a cap-savings cut, there’s an equal amount to the argument Jimmy G stays this upcoming season. And it goes beyond Shanahan and general manager John Lynch merely saying they “expect” Garoppolo to be under center this year.

It seems as if San Francisco has been “in” on nearly every potentially available quarterback this offseason. Rumors have swirled around Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles, the NY Jets’ Sam Darnold, the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, the soon-to-be LA Rams’ Matthew Stafford and so on.

All of it points to the notion Shanahan and the SF 49ers aren’t entirely committed to Garoppolo in 2021 and beyond. With Jimmy G missing almost all of 2018 with an ACL tear and the bulk of 2020 with multiple ankle injuries, it makes some sense the Niners want to be more durable at the most important position of all. And Garoppolo’s $26.6 million potential cap hit in 2021, combined with some of San Francisco’s other pressing needs, it makes sense why those rumors continue to swirl.

But let’s look at the flip side of the argument for a bit and evaluate three key reasons why the SF 49ers elect to retain Jimmy G into 2021 instead of jumping at the first opportunity to move him this offseason.