By Wendy Burke
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the 49ers have given Jimmy Garoppolo permission to seek a trade.
Schefter added that Garoppolo has been cleared to start practicing, but the team is “expected to exercise caution with him this summer.”
While there was the occasional report that speculated San Francisco would hold onto Garoppolo for another year, that was never going to happen.
He is currently on the books for close to a $27 million cap hit. Nearly all of that comes from his base salary and can be shed by trading or cutting him.
With Trey Lance taking over the starting role this year, it doesn’t make sense for the 49ers to keep Jimmy on the roster. Now cleared to practice, Garoppolo will pass the physical exam administered by a team trading for him.
Seattle and Houston are teams that have been rumored as landing spots, though neither team appears to be in a win-now situation.