It's the dawn of a new era for the San Francisco 49ers. They've flirted with a Super Bowl ring for way too long and it became clear at some point that Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't the right guy to lead them to the promised land.
So, following a year lurking in the shadows, it seems like Trey Lance is finally ready to take over and lead the way at Levi's Stadium.
Teams Have Doubts About Garoppolo's Health
Needless to say, that means that Jimmy G should head out the door. Nonetheless, given his recent shoulder injury, the few teams that were interested in him have been wary about making a run:
"The market hasn't been overly hot right now, largely because of Garoppolo's shoulder surgery. Teams don't know when he'll be able to throw; it might be later in the summer. And so, can he pass a physical? These are questions that teams are sort of asking right now," reported Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Panthers Are Keeping An Eye On Jimmy G
Even so, the Carolina Panthers continue to be a potential destination for Jimmy, as they're looking to get an upgrade over Sam Darnold:
"We mentioned the Panthers earlier in relation to [Baker Mayfield]; they've done their homework on Garoppolo too," Fowler added. "They've looked at all options, and Garoppolo is one. So that's something to watch for down the road."Niners Are In No Rush
Jimmy G is set to make $26 million, so there's no wonder why the Niners would love to move him right away. Even so, they're in no rush of getting a deal done and won't take a penny on the dollar on him:
"Right now, San Francisco is prepared to hold on to that $26 million salary, at least as a placeholder for now," added the report. "They believe they can do all of their business with draft picks and free agents until they sort all of this out."Lance Is Their Starter
Even so, the Niners have made it clear to Trey Lance that he'll be the starter going forward:
"Meanwhile, Trey Lance has been working out in the Bay Area. I'm told that he's got indications, at least informal indications from the team, that he'll be the guy next year. He's set to be that. Now, whether that means that they would still keep Garoppolo and that could change the dynamic, possibly. But right now, Lance is going to be the starter," Fowler concluded.
Lance showed glimpses of great play on limited snaps in his rookie year but it was clear that he was still raw and a work in progress. Now, he'll have a lot of pressure on his shoulders if he struggles early on and Jimmy G is sitting on the bench.