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Kendrick Bourne: ‘Jimmy Garoppolo gonna stay a Niner ... and he gonna ball’

Feb 19, 2021 at 9:50 AM--

A fan recently told Kendrick Bourne via the receiver's Twitch stream to tell San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Bourne didn't seem to appreciate the comment and defended his quarterback.

"Jimmy Garoppolo gonna stay a Niner, bro," Bourne responded to the fan. "Jimmy Garoppolo is staying a Niner, bro, and he gonna start, and he gonna ball."

@OurSF49ers captured Bourne's comments.

Many have speculated that the 49ers might consider upgrading from Garoppolo this offseason. That has led to many rumors linking San Francisco to any quarterback who has become or might become available. The team reportedly inquired about Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz but was not considered to be serious about either.

The 49ers are coming off a six-win season, which followed a Super Bowl appearance. Injuries played a big part in 2020's downfall. With a decreasing salary cap limit and some veteran talent's potential exodus, some wonder what the future might hold for San Francisco.

Bourne, 25, is among those 49ers veterans who could find a new NFL home this offseason. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month but hopes to stay with the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

"I love the Niners, though, and they're still in the conversation with me," Bourne recently told Bay Area News Group. "They've told me they want me back, so that's definitely still an option.

"They've got me as a good priority, I feel. They show a lot interest and are trying to get something done. I'm not their top priority, but they appreciate everything I've done the last few years. It's a good relationship, and the building is awesome."

Added Bourne: "I'm trying to get back to the Super Bowl, and that's going to be a big part of my decision."

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