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Report: Garoppolo's offseason surgery scuttled Commanders trade

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The Washington Commanders and San Francisco 49ers had the outline of a trade agreement involving Jimmy Garoppolo in place at the NFL combine in February, but the deal fell apart once the 49ers quarterback decided to undergo shoulder surgery, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The trade reportedly would've involved multiple draft picks. Garoppolo had surgery in March and didn't resume throwing until July.

The 49ers and Garoppolo had decided to part ways in the offseason after the team named second-year passer Trey Lance the starter. Other clubs were also linked to Garoppolo in the flurry of quarterback movement at the start of free agency, including the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, and Seattle Seahawks.

The Commanders, who struggled under center in 2021, ended up acquiring quarterback Carson Wentz from the Colts, who later pulled the trigger on a trade of their own to land former Atlanta Falcons star Matt Ryan. Washington gave up a second- and third-round pick in 2022, along with a conditional 2023 third-rounder, in exchange for Wentz and second- and seventh-round selections in 2022.

Garoppolo eventually agreed to stay with the 49ers on a restructured one-year deal. The 30-year-old began the 2022 campaign as the backup but was named QB1 again last week after Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2.

Garoppolo has posted a 35-16 record - including the playoffs - since joining San Francisco in 2017.

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