Jimmy Garoppolo knew 49ers were the best after ‘weird’ trade turmoil

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

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

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

Garoppolo will return to the team as the second quarterback behind Trey Lance after serving as the team’s starter since arriving in the middle of the 2017 season.

“It was strange,” said Garoppolo, describing his bewildered state. “It was different from any situation I’ve been through, and I’ve been in some weird situations too, so that’s saying something.”

Garoppolo was likely to be traded at the beginning of the new league year in mid-March, but he chose to undergo shoulder surgery. Did.

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

Garoppolo turned himself in to 49ers training camp and participated in a pitching program to rebuild arm strength at the team’s practice facility. Still, he said he doesn’t believe he will stay with the 49ers this season.

“Really, to be completely honest, it wasn’t on my mind,” Garoppolo said. “I was here training. I had to be here and I was here for that.

“I was trying to get my body, my shoulders right. I knew I was very confident in there and ready to roll. I just needed to figure out where.” Things have been going well for the past few days before everything happened.”

Garoppolo said he considered asking the 49ers to allow him a release after trade talks broke down.

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

“It wasn’t the way I wanted it,” Garoppolo said of the potential trade request. I did.

“I don’t know. Things just kept falling into place. I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to ruffle their feathers too much here and there. I like to go with the flow. That’s how training camps work.” I was happy with it. It worked. I’m happy now.”

Garoppolo said he’s been in touch with various teams in need of quarterbacks. He was in control of where he would play this season as his new contract required him to work with any team.

He said he felt the 49ers provided him with the best possible circumstances to land his first job in 2023.

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

“Look at the other opportunities that have been there and you weigh all the pros and cons — trust me,” he said. I wanted to see what my future would look like.

“That’s why I wanted this. I’m happy with the way it worked out.”

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