Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly ignored coaches after getting his big contract in 2018

As the 49ers continue to wait for a trade opportunity for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a recent report will make it even harder for a team to justify rolling the dice at Garoppolo, with or without an injury to their current starting quarterback.
A recent report seriously questions the extent of Jimmy Garoppolo's commitment to the cause during the quiet times of the off-season.
An unnamed member of the team's coaching staff in 2018, Mike Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle said of Garoppolo on Peter King's Football Morning in America: "After he left that press conference [to announce his new contract], nobody heard from him for weeks. He didn't call back, he didn't text back - he basically just disappeared. And we looked at each other and were like, 'What just happened?'"
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Silver's report notes that Garoppolo, who tracked down the 49ers as ghosts, became a regular thing in the offseasons that followed.
The collective agreement contains specific rules restricting football meetings and other activities prior to the start of the offseason program. Certainly, however, players (like high-paid quarterbacks) welcome intrusion into their rest time because most coaches and executives would expect them not to have rest time. Garoppolo was apparently simply taking advantage of the fact that the 2011 CBA offered players a lot more off-season than ever before.
Still, the coaches want the franchise quarterbacks to be about the franchise at all times. It will definitely give someone pause, especially when it comes to making a significant cash investment and/or trade offset for Garoppolo.
Everything points to an inevitable release of Garoppolo, leaving open the kind of unexpected development that has yet to happen. A starting quarterback could still be lost through Aug. 30, when rosters are reduced to 53. King addresses the question of whether the 49ers would continue to carry Garoppolo on the roster after being cut to 53, and even touches on the possibility that if the 49ers would keep Garoppolo past 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 10, which necessarily guarantees his $24.2 million salary for 2022.
Perhaps the 49ers and Garoppolo have a wink that while they give him $1.34 million in weekly game checks, he won't demand the remainder of the salary if they cut it before the end of the season. However, if Garoppolo wasn't willing to honor the tongue-in-cheek understanding of the franchise quarterbacks' commitment, why would he make good on an unenforceable promise not to take every penny he owes if he's on the roster at the start of the season?
In 15 days we'll find out if the 49ers are committed enough to give up a 53-man roster spot for a man they no longer want on the team. Eleven days later, we'll find out if they would actually pay him to keep him from waving goodbye to San Francisco and saying hello to Seattle.
Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly ignored coaches after landing his big contract in 2018, which originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
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