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Does Lynch see Garoppolo as 49ers franchise QB? 'We’re huge believers in...'

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Does Lynch see Garoppolo as 49ers franchise QB? 'We’re huge believers in...'

The 49ers acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots for a 2018 second-round draft pick on Oct. 30. Presumably, the 49ers locked up their quarterback of the future. 

But, that's a big assumption. Garoppolo has only started two games in his career and is set to become a free agent after this season. 

“Number one, we’re huge believers in Jimmy Garoppolo and his ability to be a franchise quarterback," 49ers GM John Lynch said Friday on the Murph & Mac Show. "So much so that we inquired throughout this last offseason, and were quickly shut down by Bill Belichick, but we did inquire to his availability."

While Lynch didn't state that the 49ers will lock up Garoppolo to a long-term deal, he's clearly impressed with the signal caller who just turned 26 years old. 

"I think what’s clear and what needs to be communicated to our fan base is we have great belief and that’s only been strengthened in his week that he’s been here,” Lynch said.

Garoppolo, drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds. In six games last season where he took the field, Garoppolo threw for 502 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. 

"He hasn’t played a ton of football, we’re fully aware of that, but we feel, and I think a lot of people throughout this league feel, like we got a tremendous deal on a guy that has all the makings of a franchise quarterback," Lynch said. "We’re thrilled to have him and that’s what Jimmy Garoppolo is to us."

49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong

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49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Friday waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to clear a roster spot.

The 49ers will activate defensive lineman Tank Carradine from injured reserve, coach Kyle Shanahan said. Carradine missed seven games after sustaining an ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 21.

Armstrong started five games for the 49ers early in the season before losing his job. Reuben Foster returned to the starting line after missing time with ankle and ribs injuries. Veteran Brock Coyle has established himself as the starting middle linebacker.

Armstrong ranks second on the 49ers behind Jaquiski Tartt with 53 tackles on the season. He also leads the 49ers with two interceptions. Then-general manager Trent Baalke signed Armstrong to a two-year contract extension last December that included a $500,000 signing bonus.

The 49ers will have their largest group of healthy inactive players on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, right tackle Trent Brown is questionable after sustaining a shoulder injury late in Thursday's practice, Shanahan said.

49ERS INJURY REPORT
Out
S Adrian Colbert (thumb)
Questionable
T Trent Brown (shoulder)
RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
DE Solomon Thomas (knee)

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.