The ‘mandatory’ part of the 49ers’ upcoming mandatory minicamp won’t apply to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.
The San Francisco 49ers have scrapped their final week of organized team activities this offseason, and they’ve instead elected to move up their 2022 mandatory minicamp up from its originally scheduled start date of June 13.
Now, it’ll kick off on Tuesday, June 7 and run through June 9.
The Niners will have some notable questions about players attending, as a few high-profile names were visibly absent or at least not participating in the two-week OTA sessions leading up to mandatory camp.
One of those, of course, is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
He won’t be in attendance, according to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan. But while these sessions are required, unlike OTAs, San Francisco isn’t going to levy any fines in Jimmy G’s direction:
"League sources have confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area that the veteran quarterback is not required to report to Santa Clara as he rehabs from offseason shoulder surgery. Garoppolo has been working with his own training staff and was not scheduled to be cleared to throw a football until late June or July."
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported Garoppolo was to be excused from minicamp:
Teams are allowed to levy fines against players who don’t appear for minicamp, yet Garoppolo’s excused absence in the wake of offseason shoulder surgery makes more than enough sense.
It’s also another piece of evidence suggesting the 49ers are still actively looking to trade him once his shoulder is fully healed and he can begin throwing again.
That’s not likely to take place anytime soon, perhaps no earlier than training camp, which teams will begin towards the end of July.
Which 49ers will skip mandatory minicamp?
Garoppolo might have an excuse, but the plan is still for left tackle Trent Williams and EDGE Nick Bosa to attend.
Both of those players didn’t participate in OTAs, yet head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters he expected them back.
Same with disgruntled All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel, too, whose own holdout has been one of the Niners’ biggest offseason storylines. Yet Samuel is expected to at least be there.
San Francisco might actively be trying to trade Garoppolo. It’s certainly not actively doing so with Samuel, though, and it’ll surely be a storyline worth monitoring if the wide receiver is absence.
Especially if those fines begin to amass.