The San Francisco 49ers have made it clear that they are moving forward with Trey Lance as their starting quarterback and will look to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.
Given that the organization spent a No. 3 overall pick on Lance, and taking into account that the 49ers have admitted to regretting on passing on one specific Garoppolo deal, the writing is on the wall.
Lance has the keys to the kingdom.
But which passer would Niners players prefer?
According to ESPN NFL insider Sean Salisbury, numerous guys would actually prefer Garoppolo as the starter.
This is maddening. I’m glad it will be over soon.#49wz
— Marc Adams (@49ersCamelot) July 23, 2022
There has been a lot of chatter in recent months about the 49ers being nervous to officially make Lance the new starting quarterback. They’ve tried to push back on it publicly, but where there is this much smoke there’s usually fire.
Lance has obviously made some very head-scratching off-the-field decisions and seems to constantly be linked to weird female drama, so in that respect some of the questions surrounding him make sense.
That said, he is still a very clearly talented guy. Last year, when he got the chance to play, he completed almost 70 percent of his passes while recording 12 scores and 4 picks. Was it a small sample size? Sure. But the stats still look better than Garoppolo’s.
As far as Garoppolo, he has had quite the offseason as well. Between the rumors about him and Robert Kraft’s girlfriend and then all his health woes, it has been one thing after another.
The Cleveland Browns seemed primed to acquire him at one point as a temporary Deshaun Watson replacement, but last week’s events seem to indicate that will not happen.
Now that’s how you celebrate a Super Bowl. https://t.co/glOvl6mQvC
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 24, 2022
How will Lance play as a starter? What will the Niners do about Garoppolo?
San Francisco has more questions than answers at the moment.
All in all, 2022-23 is looking like it’s going to be an extremely interesting season for the franchise.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.