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Report: 49ers intend to trade Garoppolo before March 16

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The San Francisco 49ers intend to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before the new league year begins on March 16, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Garoppolo has a no-trade clause that expires on that date, but Garafolo reports that Garoppolo and the 49ers are expected to work together to determine his next team.

The 30-year-old passer has spent the last five seasons with the 49ers, leading them to Super Bowl LIV - which they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs - and the NFC Championship Game this past season. San Francisco acquired him in a 2017 trade with the New England Patriots.

The native of Illinois is aware he'll likely soon be sporting a new uniform, highlighting his desire to join a competitor in his post-season exit interview.

"I just want to go with a place where they want to win," he said earlier in February.

Garoppolo threw for 3,810 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 68.3% of his pass attempts in 2021.

With Garoppolo reportedly on his way out, Trey Lance is the likely candidate to earn the starting job after San Francisco traded three first-round picks to acquire him in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Garoppolo has a $26.9-million cap hit and is the final year of a 5-year, $137.5-million contract he signed in 2018, according to Spotrac.

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