49ers coach Kyle Shanahan: ‘We have moved on to Trey (Lance)’

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear Tuesday where the team will be turning at starting quarterback as training camp starts: “We have moved on to Trey (Lance).”

Shanahan said the team thinks previous starter Jimmy Garoppolo would have been traded by now if not for the quarterback’s offseason shoulder surgery. Garoppolo passed his physical Tuesday afternoon and will not start training camp on the PUP list, according to multiple reports, which could accelerate a trade with another team. San Francisco has given Garoppolo permission to seek a trade.

“Jimmy knows we’re going with Trey,” Shanahan said. “Trey knows we’re going with Trey. The team knows we’re going with Trey and everyone likes both of those guys. It is what it is.”

It also sounds like the Niners have no intent on releasing Garoppolo, who’s set to count nearly $27 million against the cap this season.

“You also can’t just let one of the better quarterbacks in the league be available for no reason to the rest of the world,” Shanahan said.

The 49ers, however, may face a soft deadline on roster cutdown day, Aug. 30. None of Garoppolo’s $24.2 million base salary for the 2022 season is currently guaranteed, but it will become guaranteed if and when he makes the 53-man roster on that date.

Lance, the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, threw for 603 passing yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions as a rookie. He also rushed for 168 yards and one TD. Garoppolo threw for 3,810 yards with 20 TDs and 12 interceptions.

In other news Tuesday, 49ers Pro Bowl wide receiver Deebo Samuel has reported to training camp. Samuel had been floated around in trade rumors during the offseason as he’s looking for a lucrative contract extension. Niners general manager John Lynch spoke confidently about how the two sides could come to a new agreement soon.

“Deadlines have a way of spurring these things into action. We’ve had a number of productive talks,” Lynch said.

(Photo: Kyle Terada, USA Today)


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