Baltimore Sun

49ers QB Garoppolo can seek trade

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Jimmy Garoppolo can officially return to the practice field now that he’s fully recovered from shoulder surgery — and start searching for his next home. The 49ers have now given their 30-year-old quarterbac­k and his agents permission to seek a trade, ESPN reported Wednesday. Of course, this is no surprise for anyone who’s been following the Garoppolo saga this offseason. The team has signaled its desire for a trade since Garoppolo’s season-ending news conference in which he said goodbye to the Bay Area media members who had covered him since midway through the 2017 season. The 49ers plan to go ahead with 2021 No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance under center, clearing the way to move on from Garoppolo and his cap hit of nearly $27 million. The 49ers begin training camp next week and are scheduled to open the preseason Aug. 12 against the Packers. Whether Garoppolo is cleared yet to play in preseason games or even participat­e fully in any camp practices is unknown. The 49ers could place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the start of camp.

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