Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night after a tumultuous offseason filled with trade rumors and speculation on his future.
In fact, the 49ers actually had a deal in place that would have sent the veteran quarterback to the Washington Commanders back during the NFL Scouting Combine until Garoppolo decided he needed shoulder surgery, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The parameters of the trade were agreed upon, which would have involved multiple draft picks, but the Commanders decided not to go through with it once it was known Garoppolo needed surgery.
Instead, the Commanders dealt two thirds and a fourth-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for Carson Wentz.
Once Garoppolo was cleared to begin throwing again in July a trade market never materialized for the veteran quarterback and the Niners ultimately signed him to a new contract that made him the highest-paid backup in the NFL.
The contract led to much speculation in the Niners’ faith in Trey Lance, a second-year quarterback whom they had already committed to as starter.
Lance’s season came to an end last week when he sustained a fractured fibula and ligament disruption in his ankle — requiring a 4–6-month recovery.
Garoppolo has lacked consistent play at times and is often reduced to a game manager, but he’s led the 49ers to two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance.
Sunday night in Denver will be the first test to see how Garoppolo’s shoulder looks and if the Niners are indeed a better team with him under center.