Report: 49ers-Jimmy G trade will be 'collaborative effort'


Jimmy Garoppolo’s future is unclear, but one thing has remained constant: The 49ers and the eight-year NFL veteran will be on the same page. 

After the 49ers’ heartbreaking season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30, Jimmy G’s time in the Bay likely came to an end.

It will be 21-year-old Trey Lance set up to be the face of the future of the franchise. 

Garoppolo’s no-trade clause will expire on March 16, and the 49ers can trade the 30-year-old quarterback to any team without his prior approval after that date. 

“I’m told that’s not a huge factor because whether a trade agreement is reached before that or after that, it’ll be a collaborative effort to find Garoppolo’s next destination,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday ahead of Super Bowl LVI.

“Now you can connect the dots to the quarterback-needy teams such as the [Houston] Texans and the [New Orleans] Saints, but those talks haven’t really begun in earnest. They will soon though.” 

As NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco wrote on Feb. 1, San Francisco plans to keep Garoppolo in the loop during the offseason on potential trade options. 

“The commitment was just that we’re going to communicate as we always have,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a season-ending video call with Bay Area reporters. “We’re going to be completely upfront and honest.”

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And while Garoppolo’s five-year 49ers tenure is probably ending, the 49ers are excited and ready for Trey time. 

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