'This is Trey Lance's team' - 49ers head coach Shanahan on Garoppolo future
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has made it abundantly clear that Trey Lance is their man and they are moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo, who underwent shoulder surgery in March, led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game, losing 20-17 to eventual Super Bowl LVI champions Los Angeles Rams.
The 30-year-old quarterback is widely expected to depart the 49ers in the off-season, with Shanahan effectively confirming the assumption that 2021 NFL Draft's third pick in Lance will take over.
"We have moved on to Trey," Shanahan told reporters ahead of the 49ers training camp. "This is Trey's team.
"That's nothing against Jimmy. We made that decision a year ago and we're going with that. We're not going to mess around with that anymore.
"Jimmy understands that fully. That's a business decision and that's what makes it not awkward. Jimmy knows we're going with Trey.
"Trey knows we're going with Trey and our team does, and everyone likes both of those guys."
Shanahan along with 49ers general manager John Lynch sat down for a meeting with Garoppolo on Tuesday morning to discuss his future.
Garoppolo has only just been cleared to practice having resumed throwing after his shoulder surgery, meaning opposition teams were reluctant to make trade plans for him until now.
"As soon as we can," Shanahan said about a Garoppolo move.
"Hopefully with everyone being on the same page, hopefully that will happen sooner than later. I think that would be good for him and for us."
Garoppolo threw 20 touchdowns - with his 1.33 per game was ranked 19th in the NFL among quarterbacks - with a 68.3 per cent completion rate for 3,810 yards across the 2021 season.
Meanwhile, Lynch was positive about the future of wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who had requested a trade in April.
"We've had really productive and substantive talks," Lynch said.
"I don't want to get everyone all excited that something is imminent because we're not there yet, but really hopeful that in the near future we'll be able to announce something that is exciting for everyone involved.
"Deebo is here today and we're excited about moving forward with him as part of this team."