The biggest 49ers-related news from the Scouting Combine didn’t come from Tim Kawakami, Eric Branch, or anyone else on the team’s beat, but instead from national insiders Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport.
49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to soon undergo shoulder surgery that would sideline him until this summer, sources tell ESPN. It is not expected to impact his trade status and Garoppolo still is likely to be traded this month, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2022
Schefter also reported that Garoppolo wouldn’t be able to throw until around the Fourth of July, “if and when a trade is consummated.”
Later in the day, Ian Rapoport had more information:
From @NFLTotalAccess: #49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will have surgery in the next week to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, sources say. He won’t throw for 16 weeks, but should be ready for the season if all goes well. But what about a trade? pic.twitter.com/n3IymEmEVv— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 2, 2022
Clearly, this information makes it more difficult for the 49ers to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. As such, it’s safe to assume it’s coming from the Garoppolo camp, likely his agent Don Yee.
Yee knows the 49ers need the 25 million dollars in cap room that the team will save by getting Jimmy G. out of town. Instead of sitting back and letting the 49ers trade his client wherever they want (which they can do if they trade him after the new league year), it appears he’s doing what he can to diminish whatever trade value Garoppolo had left. After this news, teams are likely to reduce their offers or back off altogether and wait for the Niners to cut Garoppolo.
None of that should deter the 49ers from making some kind of deal. The true value in trading Garoppolo is the salary cap space and the end of a split locker room. Any compensation that comes back in a deal is merely the icing on the cake - and who wants to give up the icing on the cake? A cake without icing is a muffin, and nobody wants a muffin when cake is on the table.
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