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Insider reveals $7.5M dilemma involving 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo

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Once San Francisco 49ers fans take a look at the depth chart for training camp on Tuesday, July 26, they’re sure to see that No. 10 is once again occupied by Jimmy Garoppolo.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport not only revealed that Garoppolo will soon be cleared to attend camp in mid-August after fully recovering from his shoulder surgery, but Rapoport said, “Maybe then we’ll know his destination.”

What it all means: Garoppolo is staying with the 49ers much longer, which includes the time when the team reports back to the SAP Performance Center in Santa Clara to start camp. The Athletics David Lombardi added “That means Garoppolo will be with the 49ers for at least a large part of training camp,” and asked this burning question: “Will SF let him report?”

But there’s another element in Garoppolo’s whereabouts that Lombardi mentioned comes with a $7.5 million price tag dilemma.

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There are 49ers fans and NFL fans out there who believe the 49ers are better off releasing Garoppolo right away. Such a move will finally free up some space for the cap — nearly $18 million in space.

However, Lombardi said the 49ers would face a penalty should they make such a move now.

“No, the 49ers can’t just release Jimmy Garoppolo now — they would be penalized with an unnecessary $7.5 million injury guarantee penalty if they did so before he passes a physical.” Lombardi posted. “So the long queue pattern continues. Let’s see if we have a training camp sighting #10.”

Such a penalty, should the 49ers part ways with Garoppolo this week, would also set contract negotiation talks between Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel (his coach said Tuesday Samuel will be paid soon) on a steeper tie.

If anything, this finally answers why the 49ers decided not to release Garoppolo just yet. Garoppolo is yet to throw after his shoulder surgery in March.

August 16, 2022 will now be an important week for 49ers fans and supporters of the NFL.

The reason – this is the official date that teams can start downsizing their rosters from 90 to 85.

With Rapoport announcing the timeframe in mid-August, that August date could be the pivotal day when the NFL world learns if Garoppolo is finally parting ways with the franchise he’s been suited to since 2017. The next two deadlines for squads are:

23.8: Teams go from 85 to 80 active players.

August 30: Teams must complete their active 53-man roster for the upcoming season.

After the Cleveland Browns’ July 6 trade that sent their former first overall champion Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers in 2018, many pundits and fans began eyeing Cleveland as Jimmy G’s next top admirer. However, Lombardi shoots down the idea of ​​Garoppolo moving to the AFC North team based on Rapoport’s report.

“If Rapoport’s mid-August schedule holds (no move until then), it’s harder to see Cleveland as a potential landing site.” Lombardi tweeted. “Because we are expecting a decision from Deshaun Watson ahead of training camp, which is at the end of July, leaving a gap of 2-3 weeks.”

Going back to the August dates above, Lombardi mentioned the “soft deadline” here for both the 49ers and 30-year-old Garoppolo.

But again, the 49ers must hold on to the man they once gave a $137.5 million contract to.

August 30: Teams must complete their active 53-man roster for the upcoming season.

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