Jimmy Garoppolo frequently ghosted the 49ers after a big contract – NBC Chicago
Report: Jimmy G frequently ghosted 49ers after signing big deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
While the Faithful 49ers were unaware of Jimmy Garoppolo’s whereabouts this past offseason, it appears it was no different for the organization either.
And it’s not something new either.
NFL columnist Mike Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Garoppolo was largely unreachable for long stretches of the offseason in every year of his San Francisco career except one — last summer (2021).
George Kittle, in a much lighter tone, warned us about the QB’s poor texting skills during Super Bowl week two years ago, but Silver’s report suggests Kittle wasn’t the only one being ignored .
After the 49ers signed Garoppolo to a five-year contract worth $137.5 million in 2018 — the biggest contract in NFL history on a yearly basis at the time — the general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were ready to get to work with Garoppolo and prepare for the next season.
But that’s when, as Silver put it, Jimmy Garoppolo’s “disappearing act” began and became a staple of nearly every offseason that followed.
“Once he left that press conference, nobody heard from him for weeks and weeks,” a member of that coaching staff recalled, according to Silver. “He didn’t return calls, he didn’t return texts – he just disappeared. And we were looking at each other and saying, ‘What just happened?’ “
Garoppolo “ghosting” the 49ers seems understandable this offseason given the team’s clear desire to move on to Trey Lance, but it seems his lack of accessibility over the past few years has taken staffers by surprise.
The 49ers, with Lance entrenched as QB1 and Garoppolo still unofficially part of the team as he searches for a new home, will kick off their preseason roster against the Green Bay Packers on Friday night. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium.