Jimmy Garoppolo is breaking his silence over the San Francisco 49ers drafting Trey Lance.
The writing has been on the wall for a while regarding Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the San Francisco 49ers, but the NFL Draft etched it in stone.
As soon as Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch traded three first-round picks to move up to No. 3 overall, it became crystal clear that Jimmy G’s days in the Bay Area are numbered. The Niners used the pick to take Trey Lance, and now the wheels are turning on an eventual transfer of power under center.
Despite the optics, we’re still ways away from a change being made and beyond that Jimmy G seems entirely unbothered by the whole situation.
In fact, Garoppolo spoke to FanSided’s Mark Carman and said he’s welcoming the chance to have Lance in the quarterback room and for the two to help better one another while they have time together.
“In the quarterback room, it’s a relationship where you’re with each other every single day. The competition’s going to be high, but at the same time you want to push each other and that’s going to make you better and [Trey Lance] better at the same time,” Garoppolo said.
It’s not the first time Garoppolo’s been on a roster with two starting-caliber quarterbacks. He noted that he knew his place behind Tom Brady during his days with the Patriots and used it as a chance to learn everything he could. It’s something Garoppolo likened to the 49ers current situation.
“Learning from my example or him just watching me, that’s what I did with Tom. I tried not to ask too many questions or be a bother but I wanted to learn everything I could at the same time.”
Garoppolo is in the driver’s seat still as the Niners starter and it’s his gig to lose. What is historically a prickly situation is actually a win-win for all involved, as Jimmy G has a chance to skyrocket his value with an impressive 2021 campaign. Such a thing wouldn’t just make the Niners trade return for him better but it would potentially open up even more opportunities for Garoppolo in terms of teams that would want to make him their franchise quarterback.
Jimmy Garoppolo spoke on behalf of Klein Tools, the title sponsor of SkillsUSA National Signing Day 2021. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive and serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors per year in middle schools, high schools and colleges.