Jimmy Garoppolo shoulder surgery disrupted offseason trade with Washington Commanders, sources say

The San Francisco 49ers had the parameters of a trade deal that would have sent Jimmy Garoppolo to the Washington Commanders at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, but the deal fell through when the quarterback opted for shoulder surgery, sources told ESPN.

The deal would have included multiple draft picks, according to sources, but was disrupted by the surgery on Garoppolo’s throwing shoulder, prompting the commanders to walk away from their talks with the Niners and trade two third-round picks and one fourth-round pick Indianapolis Colts for Carson Wentz.

The 49ers were lucky Garoppolo had surgery and didn’t end up in Washington. They need him now to replace Trey Lance, who is out for the season after suffering a broken fibula and ligament injury – the same injury that sustained Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota on the same day of the 2016 season. Based on their recovery schedules, Lance is expected to return in time for the 2023 season.

Garoppolo is initially taking over as quarterback for the 49ers, whose players have noticed and commented in recent weeks that the nine-year-old veteran was “throwing pennies in practice.” Garoppolo and the Niners visit the Denver Broncos Sunday night.

Garoppolo said his shoulder felt better last week, noting that his journey from trading block to backup to starter has been “pretty crazy”.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Garoppolo said on Thursday. “I firmly believe in it, and it’s just another opportunity.”

Garoppolo’s presence as a starter has also improved the 49ers’ chances of a post-season run, according to Sportsbook. According to Caesars Sportsbook, with Lance as quarterback, the 49ers won the Super Bowl 25-1 in Week 2. With Garoppolo as a starter under center in Week 3, the 49ers win the Super Bowl 20-1 at Caesars.

Brock Purdy, the Niners’ seventh-round freshman, was named backup quarterback while he was given extra replays in practice. They were very impressed throughout training camp with Purdy, a confident former Iowa state standout who has what one person called “the it factor.”

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Emma Bowman

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