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San Francisco 49ers Release Quarterback; Where Will Jimmy Garoppolo Go Next?

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The San Francisco created bit of quarterback controversy to their team in late April when the team decided to make Trey Lance their first round draft pick. It is has been no secret for quite some time now that the 49ers will not sold on Jimmy Garoppolo as the long term answer to the quarterback position, and it seems like at this point they are “all in” on Trey Lance.

When the 49ers decided to add Lance to the rosters, he became the 5th quarterback on the roster. Clearly, there is not room for five quarterbacks on any team, so the 49ers had to make a cut and they did so earlier today.

Johnson started in the NFL as a fifth-round choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. He also previously played for teams such as the Washington Football Team, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Houston Texans, New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals.

In other 49ers news, there has been discussion about what is next for Jimmy Garoppolo after San Francisco has now signed Trey Lance. Will Lance be the presumed starter, or will Garoppolo be the lead man? Or, will the 49ers get rid of him sooner than later?

For now, it sounds like Garoppolo has a spot on the 49ers roster. Whether that is in the starting position or second string is to still be determined. With that said, don’t be surprised if a starting quarterback goes down during preseason if Garoppolo is not eventually traded.

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York had the following to say about Jimmy G:

“We love Jimmy,” York said on the Rich Eisen Show. “He got us to a Super Bowl. There’s a lot of great things to like about Jimmy, and that’s the thing when you’re looking at the quarterback position. The amount of money that a quarterback demands and it sort of takes to field someone that’s not a rookie is a lot of money, and there’s obviously a savings to having a rookie quarterback.

“So, some of that savings goes to a guy that can help you get back to a Super Bowl, a guy that can play very, very well when he’s stayed healthy and has done a great job like he did in 2019 for us. I have no problem having two really, really good answers at quarterback there and allowing a young guy, who just turned 21, to get his sea legs, sort of speak, under him. I have no issue with that whatsoever.”

“Obviously, we didn’t have the year that we wanted last year, in terms of our record,” York continued. “But the things that we overcame as an organization, as a team, the injuries that we had, being kicked out of our home and going to Arizona, I think we showed a lot of fortitude. And I feel like we can compete right now whether Jimmy’s the quarterback, whether Trey’s the quarterback, whoever it is. And if Jimmy gives us the best chance to win, then Jimmy’s going to be our quarterback.”

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