• Jimmy Garoppolo hints at almost requesting for a trade
  • Garoppolo's future with the 49ers is up in the air
  • Garoppolo is focused on just playing football despite troublesome injury spells

Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers rarely speaks about his NFL future although it appears he almost jumped the gun leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft.

The injury-plagued player revealed getting a call from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan that they were going to trade up, something that got him thinking.

Speaking to Matt Maiocco of, the 29-year-old hinted that he had thoughts about requesting a trade.

Several thoughts crossed his mind, but Garoppolo eventually came to his senses and opted to ride with the tide.

“When it initially happened, there’s a million emotions that go on throughout your head, and you think of all the possible scenarios and things like that,” Garoppolo stated. “But at the end of the day, I want to play football. I want to go out there and win games. That’s what I do. And so it wasn’t anything too crazy. It took a little while to process everything. But once I did, it was just, ‘Go out there and ball.’ You got to go out and attack it. The NFL is a crazy business. Things happen, but you have to attack it day by day and make the best of it.”

His name has been on the NFL trade rumor mill, with pundits speculating that he could be traded away before the new season starts.

Having missed a total of 23 games last season as well as the entry of rookie quarterback Trey Lance, it seems obvious that the Niners may no longer look up to the Illinois native as the No. 1 guy calling the plays.

Rather than delve into these adversities, Garoppolo prefers to focus on just playing and performing to the best of his abilities.

He took all the first-team reps in the team’s organized team activities on Tuesday.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo departs the field after the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo departs the field after the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Rob Carr

Garoppolo has been around to know how it works.

Criticism will always be there, and the best he can do right now is wait and see what the future holds.

For now, he remains with the 49ers. If an NFL trade is coming, Garoppolo will just cross the bridge when he gets there.

“When you hear those critiques and you hear those little things out there, it pushes you to take your game to the next level. We’re all competitors out there. We all want to go [play] the perfect game, and at the end of the day, that’s what we’re trying to do. I’ll keep pushing myself,” Garoppolo stated.