49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo needs shoulder surgery, likely hurting business value

Jimmy Garoppolo needs shoulder surgery, which likely means the 49ers will have to lower their asking price for their expected traded quarterback.

Garoppolo, 30, is set to undergo surgery soon on his throwing shoulder, which he injured in a wildcard victory in Dallas in January, and ‘preliminary estimates’ suggest he won’t be able to return to throwing until early July, ESPN reported. Garoppolo won’t need surgery for his right thumb injury, which included a fracture and a torn ligament.

His shoulder surgery means Garoppolo, if traded, would be unable to take part in off-season training with his new team. His ability to be medically cleared before the start of training camps in late July is likely uncertain.

According to the report, Garoppolo’s surgery is not expected to impact his commercial status and there remains “significant interest” in his services. Still, it would be a surprise if his ability not to train immediately with a new team, coupled with the revelation of his third major injury since 2018, didn’t diminish his market value.

The 49ers, after all, cited Garoppolo’s comprehensive medical records as the main reason they traded last year to sign his eventual replacement, Trey Lance, with the No. 3 pick. Garoppolo has only made nine starts in total in 2018 and 2020 due to a torn ACL and a sprained ankle, respectively. In 2016, he suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder in his second career start while with the Patriots.

Including his broken thumb, Garoppolo, who missed a game with a sprained calf in 2021, suffered six injuries that caused him to miss at least one start or require surgery during an eight-season career and 47 starts.

The 49ers have the motivation to trade Garoppolo before March 16, which marks the start of the new league year and free agency. By trading Garoppolo, they’ll create $25.55 million in salary cap space, which could be used to help retain several of their own key free agents, such as left guard Laken Tomlinson and nose tackle DJ Jones.

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