San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo to be traded before the start of the season, but left the door open that anything can happen.
Shanahan, meeting with reporters at Tuesday’s OTAs, said that the team has essentially been in a holding pattern with Garoppolo ever since he underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason.
“Nothing’s changed since that surgery,” he said, per ProFootballTalk. “Where we were at before that, and then he got the surgery, so everything went on hold. I expect him at some time, most likely, to be traded, but who knows? That’s not a guarantee. It’s been exactly on hold when that happened. When he’s healthy, we’ll see what happens.”
Garoppolo has not yet begun throwing — he is expected to do so possibly the end of June — and when he can do that, a deal could be made.
The 49ers appear to be ready to go with Trey Lance, who they traded up to draft last year.
Lance showed flashes as a rookie, but was otherwise underwhelming in the six games he appeared in.