It appears Jimmy Garoppolo made some calculated decisions to make sure he had full control of his future.
Earlier this week, fans were shocked to learn that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had not been traded but instead restructured his contract to stay with the team for at least this season.
According to a report from Matt Barrows and Jeff Howe of The Athletic, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo delayed having offseason shoulder surgery to avoid being traded this season.
“The new deal still allows him to hit the free agency market in 2023, which has been Garoppolo’s focus all along,” Howe and Barrows said. “It’s the reason he had his shoulder repaired in March, which essentially scuttled any chance the team had of trading the quarterback.”
The 49ers appeared disinterested in trading Garoppolo to the Seahawks which were the frontrunners to land the QB.
Garoppolo’s restructured deal is worth $6.5 million in base salary, which is fully guaranteed and includes $500,000 in roster bonuses, plus play-time bonuses that increase for every game played for a maximum contract value of almost $16 million. The deal also features a no-trade clause which prevents the Niners from trading Jimmy G to any undesired destinations.
Jimmy G can now get paid to back up Trey Lance and get healthy for the free agent market next season.