Before Jimmy Garoppolo even took the field for the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Kyle Shanahan suggested that the team could use the franchise tag on their newest quarterback. He said that it probably makes sense for both sides, and that was before Garoppolo put two very solid performances under his belt.
Now, with those two performances, where does Shanahan stand on the matter? His opinion hasn’t changed much.
“For me personally, it doesn’t impact anything,” Shanahan said when asked how the performances impacts the way he’s thinking. “That’s why, that’s what I was trying to explain. I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn’t feel that, beacuse of that option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.”
Shanahan went on to say that both he and Garoppolo have been on the same page the entire time, that the team wants to remain focused on not putting too much on Garoppolo’s shoulders too soon.
“Obviously we’re very encouraged with how these two games have been,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything.”
Shanahan was asked specifically if he was anticipating a new contract to be done before the year is over, and he responded “I would not be anticipating that, yeah.”
Garoppolo is getting paid one way or the other. He’ll either get paid on the franchise tag, or he’ll get paid roughly that amount several times over in a long-term contract. I’m not sure he can accelerate that process or slow it down based on his play over the next three games.