The San Francisco 49ers see the chances of Jimmy Garoppolo remaining on the roster in 2022 as “minimum.” On Thursday, the veteran quarterback admitted that a return wasn’t on his mind either.

The 49ers had hoped to trade Garoppolo this offseason. Understandably, however, the quarterback’s March 8 shoulder surgery derailed all trade talks. So, after a long offseason hoping to fulfill a need somewhere in the NFL, Garoppolo decided to return to the 49ers on a restructured one-year deal as a backup for the 3-pointer.

Garoppolo spoke to the media for the first time since the playoffs last season, sharing why he chose to undergo shoulder surgery at such a pivotal moment. Everyone thought the quarterback might need surgery on his thumb and that the shoulder injury he suffered in the playoffs would heal on its own.

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“Actually the opposite turned out,” Garoppolo said. “The thumb is not as serious as the shoulder… [The thumb] Really taking care of myself, no surgery or anything like that, so it’s fine. But the shoulder, I really don’t like having surgery if it’s not necessary, so I’m really thinking, ‘I can get back on this thing. I played three or four games on it. any. I think I can get through this.

“About three or four weeks after that, it didn’t happen; it didn’t work. We were like, ‘Okay, we’ve got to have surgery.’ That’s when we made the choice, and I’m glad it turned out. Don’t think it’s exactly the result I want, but it’s all there for a reason.”

Garoppolo is well aware that opting for surgery would negatively impact his trade value.

“You know it can happen, but you have to take care of your body,” Garoppolo shared. “If your body can’t go out and perform, what’s your value? So I have to take care of it. It’s the number one priority, and I think the rest will take care of themselves.”

Garoppolo admits that this offseason has been one of the strangest experiences of his career. He even briefly considered asking to be released. However, this is only a flash in the pan, and Garoppolo believes that everything will work out for the best.

“I, I’m happy with where I’m at,” Garoppolo said. “It’s great to be with the Nine. I think the Nine are happy to have me back. I think things are going well.”

As for the shoulders, the quarterback is happy where it is now.

“Just with practice, there’s more and more help every day,” Garoppolo said. “I’ll get used to it more and more, but I feel good. I feel very confident. I’m happy with where it is.”

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