Would the San Francisco 49ers consider Jimmy Garoppolo a serviceable backup?
Since the end of last season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s fate with the franchise has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.
In the past 11 months, he’s had a “final goodbye” presser, re-structured his contact, been named starter, and then landed on injured reserve with a broken foot. Now there’s talk of him maybe returning for the playoffs.
His disposition moving forward is anyone’s guess. It’s very possible he walks after the postseason due to a crowded house at the quarterback position. Or it’s possible that others will be on their way out, and Jimmy G. could slide back into the 53-man roster as a backup to either Brock Purdy or Trey Lance.
Now that the 49ers are free from his huge contract, he could find himself in a familiar role with an all-new payday. It’s purely speculation at this point, but when it comes to the quarterback position, we’ve learned that the only thing constant on this roster is change.
Bearing that in mind, here’s 3 reasons why Jimmy Garoppolo gets re-signed by the 49ers in 2023.
No. 3. Jimmy G. gets re-signed in 2023: Veteran leadership
Regardless of how well starting quarterback Brock Purdy performs, or what happens with Trey Lance moving forward, it never hurts to have veteran leadership to turn to.
Say what you want about Jimmy Garoppolo, but numbers don’t lie. Two NFC Championships and a Super Bowl appearance, regardless of the outcome, is very impressive no matter the tenure. Add in the fact that he accomplished all that in three years and it makes his resume even more impressive.
In addition, number ten is not only capable, but his professionalism is off the charts. No one has been subject to more skepticism or backlash than Jimmy Garoppolo himself. Being a leader is not just based on ability, your character matters as well.
He stepped back into the starting role, amidst the harsh words from fans, and led his team to a four-game win streak. That win streak not only pushed the team above .500, but it also kept them in playoff contention. His patience through adversity alone has made him a model candidate to lead any franchise. At this point it’s purely objective, but wherever he goes, he’s sure to succeed.
The 49ers certainly have options at the end of the season but carrying a veteran that’s capable in relief or to start gives them even more options.