San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will speak to reporters ahead of practice on Tuesday. The main topic will be the team’s decision to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a restructured one-year contract, keeping the quarterback on the roster while significantly reducing his salary cap.

The 49ers now own about $21 million in salary cap space, per Over The Cap. That’s about $3 million as of Monday morning. The deal is said to have been in the works since last week, but only came to light when NFL insider Adam Schefter revealed all the glorious details.

San Francisco has been looking to trade Garoppolo the entire offseason. It failed miserably. The 49ers aren’t entirely to blame, though. The quarterback shocked the team with his decision to undergo shoulder surgery on March 8. This threw a wrench in Lynch and Shanahan’s plan.

Soon after, the once booming market for needy quarterback teams evaporated. The Niners had moved forward with the second-year quarterback Trey Lance, last year’s third overall pick, as a starter. Regardless of where things stood with their former starter, the Garoppolo-49ers marriage looked set for divorce.

Along the way, the 49ers did what you expected. They touted their confidence in the 22-year-old quarterback while giving every indication that the 30-year-old quarterback’s time in the Bay Area was over.

Now Garoppolo stays and he will serve as a replacement for his former protege. Naturally, the news sent social media into a frenzy.

While most see it as a trade move, perhaps the only move available to a team that was running out of options, San Francisco could have released Garoppolo. That would have freed up even more salary cap space, but it could have resulted in Garoppolo signing with the Seattle Seahawks and facing his former team twice this season. It probably wasn’t ideal in Lynch and Shanahan’s eyes.

A Bay Area reporter sees the situation differently, however. He sees San Francisco’s decision to keep Garoppolo as a statement about the team’s feelings about the inexperienced Lance.

It’s a hedge pure and simple“Wrote Michael Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle. “And the reason the 49ers are hedging is because they’re worried that Lance, for all his promises, isn’t good enough to get their team built to win. now. to its only acceptable destination – Glendale, Arizona, on February 12, with York hoisting the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy.”

Money points to Lance’s inconsistent training camp and even the quarterback’s shaky outing in the preseason finale against the Houston Texans as reasons why doubt might have crept into Shanahan’s head. .

“Most concerning is that it had issues with accuracy and consistency,” Silver continued. “Sometimes during OTAs he looked like a guy who could get the ball from point A to point B with NFL-caliber skill. Other times he looked like Ricky (Wild Thing) Vaughn in the first act of ‘ Major League.’ … You better believe Shanahan and his aides were at least somewhat pissed.”

Silver believes that, coupled with a lack of viable options for Garoppolo, the 49ers have landed where they are now. If things go wrong with Lance, either due to injury or inconsistent play, the team probably thinks Garoppolo isn’t a bad plan B to have.

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