San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is closing in on a return from offseason shoulder surgery. While it could be a significant step towards clarity on his future, it’s becoming increasingly evident that his days in San Francisco are numbered.

This isn’t the situation San Francisco expected to find itself in right now. Following the loss in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers felt confident they could move Garoppolo quickly. While he wasn’t a high-end quarterback, the number of teams desperate at the position made a trade seem inevitable.

Jimmy Garoppolo stats (2021): 68.3% completion rate, 3,810 yards, 20-12 TD-INT, 98.7 QB rating

Everything quickly unraveled. Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan all filled many of the vacancies available. Still, finding a home for the veteran quarterback seemed possible even if San Francisco’s asking price was high.

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