Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

John Lynch denies rumor that he told teams 49ers had offer of 2 second-round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo

Sep 2, 2022 at 7:51 AM--

In March, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported that the San Francisco 49ers were telling teams inquiring about trading for Jimmy Garoppolo that they already had an offer on the table.

"As we hear it, 49ers G.M. John Lynch is telling interested teams that he has an offer in hand of two second-round picks for Garoppolo, a player the team acquired in 2017 for one second-round pick," Florio wrote.

It's worth noting that the report came well after Garoppolo undergoing shoulder surgery.

More than five months later, during his regular KNBR interview, general manager John Lynch was asked about that rumor.

"I never said that," Lynch said on the Murph & Mac show before laughing. "We were in a bunch of talks with teams, and it was right about when we were at the Combine, those talks were heating up. So conceptually, we had talked about a number of different things, and we were kind of looking and saying, 'OK, where is the best offer?'

"But then Jimmy and Dr. [Neal] ElAttrache and everybody made the decision that he needed something that we thought was going to just be a rest and rehab. We reevaluated, and [they said], 'The rest and rehab's not working. We're going to go ahead and have surgery.' And that happened while we were at the Combine. 'And we're going to do it tomorrow.'

"It was like, 'Whoa.' It was my duty at that point to call those teams and go, 'Hold on, there's a little twist.' And then they all said, 'Obviously, we're going to have to sit back and let this thing clear and see where it goes.' That's that whole story."

The rest of the story, you know. The market of potential trade partners dried up as quarterback-needy teams addressed the position. By the time Garoppolo was healthy, there wasn't a market for him anymore.

That left just two options. Either Garoppolo gets released, which the 49ers admitted they might have been forced to do because of the quarterback's $24.2 million base salary, or he returns to the team with a significant pay cut. Garoppolo chose option two because there was no guarantee that he would do better on the open market at this point in the year when rosters are pretty much set.

"There's only so many chairs, if you want to make that analogy (of musical chairs), and all the chairs filled up," Lynch said. "... I'm at a loss as to why the interest wasn't there, but we're the beneficiary of that, in my mind."

Before making a final decision, Lynch says he and Shanahan spoke with second-year quarterback Trey Lance, the 49ers' starter, and 15 team leaders. Everyone supported the idea of bringing back Garoppolo.

You can listen to the entire conversation with Lynch below.


Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

49ers Notebook: John Lynch on what Christian McCaffrey adds, surprising O-line play

By David Bonilla
Nov 26

The San Francisco 49ers gave up a lot for Christian McCaffrey, sending second-, third-, and fourth-round picks in the 2023 draft and a fifth-round pick in 2024 to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the star running back. General manager John Lynch acknowledges it was a lot to give up. However, it just speaks to how much the 49ers respected McCaffrey and what he could do in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. Lynch and Shanahan already had great confidence in the offense's potential, but they knew that it could be something special with McCaffrey in the picture. "You're not going to make a move like that if you don't think you can compete with anyone in this league, if you don't think this could be the thing to push us over the top," Lynch told NBC Sports Bay

John Lynch on what Arik Armstead's return means to the 49ers defense

By David Bonilla
Dec 1

The San Francisco 49ers defense might get a significant boost on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Following Thursday's practice, defensive lineman Arik Armstead told reporters that he plans to play this weekend, his first on-field action since October 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. #49ers DT Arik Armstead (ankle, foot) said he will play Sunday vs #Dolphins. Armstead has been sidelined since Week 4 win vs. Rams on Oct. 3.—

49ers place Elijah Mitchell on IR for second time this season

By David Bonilla
Dec 3

The San Francisco 49ers placed Elijah Mitchell on injured reserve for the second time this season after the running back suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee last weekend against the New Orleans Saints. On Friday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers placing Mitchell on injured reserve was not a certainty. That's because the team has two remaining opportunities to bring players back from injured reserve, having already used six. They will presumably use one more for defensive Javon Kinlaw, who Shanahan said may return soon. "You're allowed eight, so that's the biggest thing," Shanahan explained. "I think we need to use them by [the start of the

49ers great Frank Gore TKO's Romero in second boxing match

By Sasha D. Robinson
19 hrs

Former San Francisco 49er running back Frank Gore was seen roaming the Levi's Stadium sidelines, signing autographs for adoring fans, ahead of this afternoon's matchup against the Miami Dolphins.


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone