San Francisco 49ers Insider Tips Jimmy Garoppolo as First-Choice Starter in 2021

Published 02/22/2021, 7:38 AM EST
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)


San Francisco 49ers suffered a dismal outing in the NFL last year. After making the Super Bowl in 2019, the NFC West powerhouse endured multiple injuries to major stars over the course of the 2020 NFL season.

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The likes of Nick Bosa, Raheem Mostert, George Kittle, and even franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, suffered serious injuries which led to the 49ers finishing at the bottom of the NFC West with a 6-10 record.

Garoppolo only featured in 6 games last year. He finished his 4th-season with San Francisco with 1,096 passing yards and 7 passing TDs.

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With rumors linking a potential trade move for wantaway Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Jimmy G’s position as an undisputed starter could be in jeopardy in the coming weeks.

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Jimmy Garoppolo will return as a starter for the 49ers this year

Despite consistent reports linking Garoppolo to a move away from The Bay, NBC Sports correspondent and 49ers insider Matt Maiocco remains confident that the easy-on-the-eye quarterback will return as a starter in 2020.

While referring to Garoppolo’s no-trade clause, Maiocco played down any rumors of a potential trade deal with the Texans.

“Yes, Jimmy Garoppolo has a no-trade clause. He is also due $25.5 million in salary and bonuses. I believe he’ll be the #49ers starter this season.

“BUT…if there were a trade possibility, he would almost certainly waive the clause. Otherwise, he would not get that kind of money,” Maiocco said via Twitter.

If that weren’t enough, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne also backed Jimmy G to prove his naysayers wrong in 2021.

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We will have to wait and see how HC Kyle Shanahan deals with this unique predicament. One thing that the 49ers can’t afford to do is repeat the same display from 2020.

They need their star names to remain fit and challenge for a divisional championship, at least in the upcoming season. Only time will tell if Jimmy G is the right man to achieve that goal.

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