INDIANAPOLIS — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is set to undergo shoulder surgery that will sideline him well into summer, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Garoppolo also suffered a thumb injury that will not require surgery. He is expected to miss multiple months, and will not return until around the Fourth of July. That would make Garoppolo ready for training camp, but out of OTAs and the early offseason practices entirely.
Garoppolo is still likely to be traded according to Schefter. The 49ers quarterback has sought out a trade after the season. San Francisco drafted Trey Lance in the first round, prompting Garoppolo to likely seek out other options.
The former Patriots quarterback and Eastern Illinois product has led the 49ers on multiple playoff runs, including to the NFC Championship this season. With his pedigree, multiple teams will be interested. The Steelers’ name has been floated around Garoppolo for months since it became clear it would not return to the 49ers.
Garoppolo is likely to be traded in the month but could be released as well. If he were to be traded, a team would have to take on Garoppolo’s $26.9 million cap hit. That can be tough to stomach, but some teams have the room and appetite to accommodate Garoppolo.
Pittsburgh could be one of those teams. With an RPO-heavy offense, it would be an ideal fit for Garoppolo’s natural middle-of-the-field tendencies. The Steelers have noted their interest in both veteran and rookie quarterbacks this offseason. Garoppolo is a possibility, although no near certainty.