Is this really the end of the Jimmy Garoppolo era in Santa Clara?
It sure felt like it after Kyle Shanahan's bizarre press conference on Monday. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday morning that there's a "very strong expectation" among NFL general managers that the 49ers will try to trade Garoppolo before or during this year's draft, which begins Thursday.
Shanahan wouldn't guarantee Garoppolo's future with the 49ers at all during his pre-draft press conference. He also wouldn't guarantee our lives, but that's a different story.
The 49ers' head coach said time and time again the 49ers are looking to draft a "starting" quarterback with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after making their blockbuster trade up from No. 12 with the Miami Dolphins. That sounds a whole lot different than what we all thought the plan was.
Even after making their big move, the 49ers continued to say Garoppolo would be the 49ers' starter in 2021. But now that doesn't feel like a guarantee. Far from it.
Many believe Shanahan tipped his hand that Alabama's Mac Jones being his choice with the 49ers' top pick. Jones is considered to be the most "pro-ready" QB in the draft, despite only starting 17 games in college with a bevy of first-round picks at his disposal.
The 49ers traded for Garoppolo on Halloween in 2017, acquiring him from the New England Patriots. He has won plenty of games for the Niners, and led them to Super Bowl LIV. But he also has been inconsistent and his injury history has turned into an issue.
Will Garoppolo be on the 49ers when the 2021 season begins? We could know in the coming days.