Option No. 2: Jimmy Garoppolo can demand 49ers release him outright
The one problem with Jimmy Garoppolo pressing the Niners to seek out a trade has already revealed itself: No team has offered a deal.
In all reality, Garoppolo has to accept the fact he probably isn’t going to get $27 million in 2022 regardless of the circumstances.
However, it might be in his best interests to simply ask for San Francisco to release him now instead of dragging out the “we’re still hoping to trade you” narrative for a lot longer.
Does this benefit the 49ers? Not necessarily, aside from clearing themselves of all the media frenzy that has surrounded Garoppolo still being on the roster in April. And they’d be on the hook for a $7.5 million injury guarantee, although should another team sign Garoppolo at that amount or more, the Niners would no longer have to pay that number.
An outright release does, however, potentially benefit Garoppolo, though, which is why he could seek one.
Sure, Garoppolo can’t throw a football until training camp. But being cut now would at least allow him to seek a deal with a new team, sit in on the classroom and film sessions, study a new playbook and so on. He’d also have a much clearer view of what his future will hold instead of waiting in limbo for San Francisco to take action.
Still, that would entail a team actually signing him, which is far from guaranteed.