Jimmy Garoppolo knew 49ers were best fit after ‘weird’ trade limbo

SANTA CLARA — When Jimmy Garoppolo spoke to Bay Area media for the last time, he delivered a farewell message.

On Thursday, he was back in the press conference room at Levi’s Stadium — shockingly still a member of the 49ers.

Garoppolo’s bizarre offseason took an unexpected turn on Monday, when he agreed to take a $17.2 million pay cut to stay with the 49ers, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Garoppolo has been the team’s starter since joining the team in the middle of the 2017 season, before returning as the No. 2 quarterback behind Trey Lance.

“It’s weird,” Garoppolo said, describing his predicament. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever had. And I’ve had some weird situations, so that says something.”

Garoppolo is likely to be traded early in the new league in mid-March, but he opted to undergo shoulder surgery. A four-month recovery period ended all serious trade talks.

General manager John Lynch said he felt he was making progress in serious trade talks with two or three teams before Garoppolo underwent surgery.

Garoppolo reported to 49ers training camp and participated in the throwing program at the team’s training facility to rebuild arm strength. Still, he said he doesn’t believe he’ll stay with the 49ers this season.

“Honestly, really, that’s not what I thought,” Garoppolo said. “I train here. I have to be here, so here I am.

“I just want to get my body right and my shoulders right. I feel so confident in there and I know I’m ready to start. I just have to figure out where. Just before this happened, the last few days Things are already in place.”

Garoppolo said he considered asking the 49ers to release him after trade talks ended so he could freely choose his next team without any restrictions.

But he decided to remain silent and let the situation unfold.

“It’s not the way I want,” Garoppolo said of the possibility of a trade request. “Had been there once. Trust me, there was. But it came and went.

“I don’t know. Things are falling into place all the time. I’m one of those guys, you know, I don’t want to ruffle feathers a lot here and there. Satisfied with this. It worked out. I’m happy now.”

Garoppolo said he’s in talks with different teams that have quarterback needs. With the necessity to sign a new contract with any team, he can control where the game is played this season.

He said he felt the 49ers offered him the best possible conditions to land a starting job in 2023.

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Garoppolo listed the reasons for his decision to stay with the 49ers, including his familiarity with the organization, offensive system, coaches and teammates.

“When you see other opportunities, you weigh the pros and cons of everything — trust me,” he said. “There’s been a lot of back and forth with other teams and what I want my future to look like.

“So that’s what I wanted. I’m happy with how it turned out.”

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