San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan ‘Can’t Guarantee’ Jimmy Garoppolo’s Roster Spot

Published 04/27/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 01: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts from the sidelines in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 01, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)


With the 2021 NFL Draft just days away, all eyes are on who the San Francisco 49ers might draft with their third overall pick. The franchise made a trade with the Miami Dolphins for the pick.

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The 49ers got the pick they wanted and the Dolphins landed themselves the #12 pick in the draft, first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and third-round pick as well next year.

Thus it’s safe to say that the San Francisco 49ers have a lot riding on this draft pick. And it’s also no secret that the franchise is going to draft a QB with that pick.

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What remains unknown though is who the 49ers might draft. And what might the future hold for current starter Jimmy Garoppolo?

San Francisco 49ers offer no guarantees

Recently during a press conference, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan was asked whether Jimmy Garoppolo would remain on the roster once draft week was done with.

And the San Francisco 49ers head coach had a rather amusing response.

“I can’t guarantee that anybody in the world will be alive on Sunday, so I can’t guarantee who will be on our roster on Sunday… So that goes for all of us,” Shanahan said.

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Garoppolo is yet to speak to the media about the situation. The 49ers management has hinted at keeping Garoppolo for 2021 to give their rookie QB some time to settle into the NFL.

Garoppolo not speaking out regarding the matter is something that 49ers GM John Lynch seems to appreciate as well.

“Jimmy’s been a pro. He really has,” Lynch said. “I just spoke to him over the weekend. He’s here, he’s taking part in our virtual meetings, plans on being at the workouts. Jimmy’s been completely professional as he always has been with us.”

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown of his team against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo was the team’s starting QB when they went 13-3 in 2019 and reached the Super Bowl. Just one win away from lifting the Lombardi Trophy, things could’ve been very different for Garoppolo had his side beaten the Kansas City Chiefs.

But for now, the future of Jimmy Garoppolo remains unclear. And how a two-quarterback system might work out in San Francisco remains to be seen.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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