These 49ers players have played their final game with San Francisco
By Peter Panacy
With the 49ers’ 2022 season complete, we can safely say these five players won’t be suiting up for the red and gold any longer.
No matter how well-equipped a team is to prepare for an offseason, it’s virtually impossible to retain last year’s roster into the following season.
Such is the case for the San Francisco 49ers, who now face a tough and potentially tumultuous offseason after falling short against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game.
And while there are plenty of questions for head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, few are going to be as big as what to do under center at quarterback.
Despite suffering an injury in the NFC Championship game, the 2023 campaign seems to be Brock Purdy‘s to lose, while Trey Lance still has a shot to reclaim his starting job at quarterback after suffering a season-ending ankle injury way back in Week 2.
All that means is the Niners are poised to bid farewell to one quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, after failing to do so last offseason.
And Jimmy G leads off our list of players who won’t be back with San Francisco in 2023.
Jimmy Garoppolo has played his final game with 49ers
Garoppolo suffered his own year-ending injury back in Week 13, which led to Purdy being a household name. And despite Jimmy G playing arguably his best football up to that point, there’s little reason for him to return to the 49ers next season.
Especially after how awkward things got with Garoppolo and the Niners, first after they traded up to select Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft and then again last offseason when Garoppolo was the subject of all kinds of trade speculation, only to start the year as Lance’s backup.
From San Francisco’s perspective, it has two quarterbacks on cheap rookie deals in Lance and Purdy, so paying the 31-year-old Garoppolo a contract worth potentially $25 million per year isn’t going to be part of the game plan.
From Garoppolo’s point of view, why would he want to return to the 49ers without any sort of guarantee of being the starter?
Nope, both parties part ways here… finally.