AP source: 49ers rework deal to keep Garoppolo as backup

Jimmy Garoppolo remains in San Francisco after agreeing to a shortened contract to replace Trey Lance with the 49ers.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Jimmy Garoppolo remains in San Francisco after agreeing to a reduced contract to support Trey Lance with the 49ers.

A person familiar with the deal said Monday, on condition of anonymity, that the sides are finalizing a deal to reduce Garoppolo’s $24.2 million base salary for 2022. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the deal had not been announced.

ESPN reported that Garoppolo will receive a fully guaranteed base salary of $6.5 million, $500,000 in roster bonuses and the chance to earn nearly $9 million more in game-time bonuses. The deal also includes a no-trade clause and prevents San Francisco from using the franchise tag on Garoppolo in the next offseason.

The Niners were unable to find a trading partner for Garoppolo and faced a deadline as rosters were cut to 53 players on Tuesday.

They were unwilling to keep Garoppolo on his full salary as a back-up and with no chance of a starting job at another team, the two sides found a compromise.

Garoppolo had not attended a single practice session or meeting with the team at that training camp, and was also training on his own while working his way back from off-season shoulder surgery.

But having spent the last five years in San Francisco, he should have little trouble getting back up to speed on coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and he’s giving the Niners insurance in case Lance struggles or gets injured becomes.

The other quarterbacks on the list are seventh-round rookie Brock Purdy and Nate Sudfeld, who has yet to start a game in the NFL.

Garoppolo arrived in San Francisco with much fanfare in 2017 when he was acquired from New England before the close of trading in San Francisco’s first season under Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.

The Niners lost their first nine games this season and were 1-10 when Garoppolo took over as starter and led the team to five straight wins. That prompted San Francisco to give him a five-year, $137.5 million deal that offseason.

But Garoppolo had a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the 2018 season and also missed 10 games in 2020 with injuries. In the two seasons he was mostly healthy, San Francisco had great success as a team, although Garoppolo had limitations at quarterback.

San Francisco went 31-14 in its starts while other quarterbacks under Shanahan only went 8-28. The Niners made it to the Super Bowl in the 2019 season and the NFC title game last season.

San Francisco had put the plan in motion to leave Garoppolo ahead of the 2021 season when the 49ers traded three first-round picks to draw Lance third overall. Lance spent most of his rookie season on the bench adjusting to the NFL, but was moved to the starting role early in the 2022 offseason program.

Lance has started just three games in the past two seasons in college and pros after starting for one season in 2019 in the lower state of North Dakota.

Lance brings elements Garoppolo lacked with the ability to run and a stronger arm that should open up deep passing offense for talented receivers like Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Garoppolo completed 67.7% of his passes in five seasons at San Francisco, averaging 8.4 yards per attempt with 66 TDs, 38 interceptions and a 98.3 passing rating. Garoppolo’s forte was getting the ball to his playmakers in space and letting them make big plays after catching.

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