The San Francisco 49ers currently have no intentions of parting ways with incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. They view the 29-year-old as the team's starter heading into the 2021 season, with first-round rookie Trey Lance serving as the backup.
But Garoppolo knows plans in the NFL are often fluid. He knows the 49ers traded up in this year's draft to select a quarterback of the future. So, the distinct possibility of eventually playing somewhere else doesn't faze him.
"You never know where your path is going to take you in the NFL," Garoppolo told The DA Show on Tuesday. "I thought I was going to be in New England for my entire career -- that didn't go as planned. So, it's kind of one of those businesses, you've just got to be ready for anything. You’ve got to be on your toes, you've got to be able to react. However the story plays out, you've just got to be ready to run with it... My dad is an electrician, grew up in a blue-collar household -- it’s just one of those things you've got to roll with the punches.
"Whatever opportunity presents itself, you've got to be ready to take advantage of it. That's kind of what I've done throughout my entire career, and that's what I'm going to keep doing. So, like my dad said, nothing is going to be handed to me. Nothing is going to be handed to anyone in this league. You've got to go in there and work.”
Before the 49ers selected Lance with the No. 3 overall pick last Thursday, Garoppolo spoke to general manager John Lynch about the team's draft strategy. He complemented Lynch for his straightforwardness throughout the entire process, and appreciated his honesty.
"John called me. He didn't tell me who [they were going to draft] or how they were going to do it, but they gave me the heads-up before," Garoppolo said. "We were pretty honest with each other. It's one of those things, [Lance] is going to come in here, and I know there's going to be some competition between us, like it was with me and Tom [Brady] when I got drafted to New England. But, at the end of the day, all you can ask for is the opportunity. So, once they gave me the opportunity to start this year and fight it out, I was all for it. I'm ready for the competition, and that's what we're here for."
Garoppolo has endured some gut-wrenching injuries since signing a five-year, $137.5 million deal with San Francisco back in 2018. He's missed 23 games across the past three seasons, due to a sprained right shoulder, a torn ACL, and a pair of high ankle sprains. In his lone healthy season, which came in 2019, the 49ers happened to finish 13-3, and ultimately reached the Super Bowl.
According to Spotrac.com, Garoppolo is due to count $26.4 million and $27 million against the salary cap over the next two seasons.
The entire conversation between Garoppolo and DA can be accessed in the video and audio players above.