The San Francisco 49ers have authorized Jimmy Garoppolo’s agents to pursue a trade involving the veteran quarterback, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Garoppolo, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder, has been cleared to begin training as the Niners prepare for the start of training camp next week, a source says. of the team in Schefter.
The Niners are still expected to tread carefully this summer with Garoppolo, who underwent the surgery in March — a procedure that delayed San Francisco’s efforts to trade him.
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged in May that Garoppolo was “most likely to be traded,” but later noted that a trade was “not a guarantee.”
Sophomore quarterback Trey Lance worked as a starter during San Francisco’s offseason program while Garoppolo, who has been the Niners’ starter since the end of the 2017 season, has spent most of his rehabilitation offseason in southern California. Garoppolo was excused from the team’s mandatory minicamp in early June after not participating in the team’s off-season conditioning program.
The veterans are scheduled to report to Niners training camp on Tuesday.
Garoppolo, 30, is entering the final season of his contract and is expected to be $26.95 million over the 2022 salary cap. That deal included a no-trade clause for the 2021 season only, and the 49ers have the right to trade it with any team of their choice.
A acquiring team would be paid $24.2 million if they traded for Garoppolo right now, but that salary isn’t guaranteed and interested teams could potentially work with him on a contract extension that drops the salary in exchange of guarantees.