Jimmy Garoppolo is making a good progress from a right shoulder surgery and he is expected to be fully cleared to play mid-August, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
In early March, Garoppolo underwent a right shoulder surgery and that's why he hasn't yet been traded.
Neal ElAttrache for a checkup and is progressing well. SF is thrilled with where he is physically, sources say. The expectation is he’ll be fully cleared around mid-August. Perhaps then we'll know his destination. pic.twitter.com/ysep8agDwl — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2022
The San Francisco 49ers wanting to move on from Garoppolo this offseason was one of the worst kept secrets in the NFL but the quarterback's decision to undergo a surgery halted the team's plans. Garoppolo was expected to be traded at the start of free agency but NFL teams didn't want to trade for a quarterback who would be out for a good portion of the offseason program.
As Garoppolo is slowly progressing to being fully cleared for football activities, trade talks surrounding him will likely ramp up.
Tony Romo expects Garoppolo to be traded in August, September
As training camp and the season approach, Romo doesn't think that Garoppolo will have to wait for too long to find a new team.
“When he gets healthy, you'll see teams coming in,” Romo told The Zach Gelb Show. “I think the Niners are staying pat. Because as soon as a quarterback gets injured in camp or in preseason, something usually happens where someone gets banged up.
That'll be when the value will go up, and the 49ers will get more value than they're getting right now. I think that's when they're going to pull the trigger”. Before the start of free agency, the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks were mentioned as the top three landing spots for Garoppolo.
The Colts addressed their need for a quarterback by trading for Matt Ryan, while the Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield. The Seahawks haven't made any notable moves at the quarterback spot and Romo feels that could be the team where Garoppolo ends up.
"I can see [a Seattle trade]," he said. "But it's usually rare because you'd have to be getting a lot more for that. You know this person knows your team, inside and out, and don't necessarily want someone else in the division to have that kind of information or talent and that ability.
If they view him as a really talented guy but think Trey's just a bit more talented, they probably won't do that and trade him within the division. But if they view him not at that level, then that would be different."