No. 1: 49ers went all-in with Trey Lance, not Jimmy Garoppolo
Despite Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract and the reality he’s no more than a good-at-best quarterback, there’ll still be those who argue San Francisco will continue to commit to him in 2022, perhaps even beyond that.
If so, everyone in the organization responsible for making this year’s trade up to No. 3 overall in the NFL Draft to grab Trey Lance should never make any decisions for the team ever again.
It would have been one thing if the 49ers used their original pick, No. 12 overall, on a quarterback to replace Garoppolo at some point down the road. Even then, the proverbial “writing on the wall” would have been there for Jimmy G’s fate. Teams don’t use first-round picks on quarterbacks with full intentions of letting them sit for multiple years, unless they’re the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love, and look at the controversy that’s created.
But the point is emphasized even more in this situation.
The Niners not only used their own original first-round pick from 2021 to grab Lance, but they also packaged it with two future first-round selections, one in 2022 and another in 2023, plus a Round 3 selection next year to make the move.
That’s bold. Awfully bold. The kind of “let’s mortgage the future” kind of bold.
Lance would have to be disastrous to even warrant a return to Garoppolo in 2022, and even then, San Francisco would have to go down that path regardless because of its all-in investment.
So, no, Garoppolo won’t be back in 2022 no matter what others say.