Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t ‘stick it’ to 49ers with shoulder surgery

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Sports agent Don Yee, who represents San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (not pictured) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Don Yee would have screwed Jimmy Garoppolo out of millions if intentional

Here’s what we know with regards to Jimmy Garoppolo’s future: If he stays on San Francisco’s roster for all of 2022 without a renegotiated or restructured deal, he’ll be due up to $26.95 million, according to Over the Cap. If released outright, though, the 49ers would be on the hook for a mere $1.4 million of that amount, saving $25.5 million Garoppolo would no longer be getting.

Assuming a trading team wouldn’t have renegotiated his contract either, he would have received that money if the Niners moved him this offseason.

John Lynch did admit quarterback-needy teams balked at trading for a 30-year-old average starter coming off shoulder surgery during his most recent presser. And while Lynch also added San Francisco wasn’t going to be “giving him away,” the basic math says the 49ers need that money sooner than later.

If you had to bank on Garoppolo’s future in 2022, cutting him sure seems more plausible than keeping him.

Should this pan out, and some crazy report surfaces how a delayed surgery was intended to screw the Niners, Don Yee just cost Garoppolo millions. Instead of freely and aggressively exploring a trade, that alternate course of action meant Garoppolo was left out of the quarterback carousel this offseason.

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Could Garoppolo end up signing for more than, let’s say, now-Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota or now-Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s deals, annual averages of $9.4 million and $7.4 million, respectively?

Probably. But likely not much more than that, and certainly not in the range of the $25.5 million he’d receive in 2022 if traded.

So, logically concluding, any intentional delay of surgery on the part of Garoppolo’s camp had disastrous ramifications, once which Yee should have foreseen. It would have been his job.

And that’s why it makes zero sense why it was intentional.

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