Jimmy Garoppolo’s time in San Francisco keeps getting weirder and weirder the more we learn about her.
Last week, it was revealed that after signing a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers in 2018, he cheated the team, going for weeks without returning calls or texts. On Wednesday, Pro Football Talk’s Chris Sims took it a step further, claiming that Garoppolo often goes completely off the grid and becomes impossible to track down.
“I’ve heard this from the former players and coaches out there,” Sims said. “He goes off the radar all the time. All the time! Nobody can call him.
“His first year and off-season there, when I found out. I wouldn’t name the player, but I was at an event, and the player, who was a long-term player with 49 players, was like, ‘I can’t get the quarterback to call me back.'” I called him every day for a month.
“You hear it from everyone. I’ve heard it from previous coaches who have moved in and just gone, ‘Yeah, that’s weird.'” The organization tried to reach out to him and explain things to him, but they couldn’t control him. So much so that I think they had to drive to his house and knock on his door, to be Like, ‘Hey? Are you alive? Are you there?’
Garoppolo has had success throughout his career with San Francisco, helping the team achieve the Super Bowl after the 2019 season and the NFC Championship game this past January. However, he never got over the hump to become the star quarterback he was paid to be. His most famous moments as a 49er-year-old were sending Emmanuel Sanders on a throw that would have won the Super Bowl, and throwing a brutal interception in this year’s NFC game that decided the Rams’ game.
The 49ers clearly felt the 30-year-old wouldn’t put them where they needed to go when they finished third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft with Trey Lance, who will take over in 2022. Garoppolo, however, remains On the list after the team failed to find a business partner.
Some 49ers fans may not be thrilled with the team’s abandonment of the quarterback who helped them move closer to the championship, but the team’s deception may have helped with the decision – although it could also be why they were unable to find a business partner.
“I think there’s more than just a game on the pitch at hand here,” Sims said. “I think a lot of the NFL knows these stories a little bit, and I think that’s why we’ve got some teams swinging, and I’m not sure if they really want to be involved in the Jimmy Garoppolo deal.”