The 49ers were reportedly confused by Jimmy Garoppolo’s disappearing act after signing the mega-deal

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By now, most people have heard about Jimmy Garoppolo’s offseason disappearing acts. Tight end George Kittle has called him the “worst texter ever” and says even he has a hard time getting hold of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback outside of team-organized activities.

Garoppolo typically becomes a ghost for much of the early part of the offseason. It reportedly surprised the 49ers after the quarterback signed his mega five-year deal with the team in February 2018.

“Once he left that press conference, no one heard from him for weeks and weeks,” a member of the coaching staff told Michael Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He didn’t call back, he didn’t text — he pretty much just disappeared. And we looked at each other and said, ‘What just happened?’

Then you have Garoppolo blindside the 49ers this offseason with the decision to undergo shoulder surgery, throwing a wrench into the team’s trade plans and talks.

Second-year quarterback Trey Lance has been the opposite. He has shared practice videos and worked hard in the offseason with teammates like wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk to prepare for his first season as a full-time starting NFL quarterback.

So far, there have been no questions about Lance’s work ethic. Instead, everyone has indicated that the 22-year-old is a first-one-in-last-one-out type of player.

As for Garoppolo, the report doesn’t really matter at this point. It’s just an interesting anecdote as we prepare for the start of the preseason. The quarterback is not expected to be with the 49ers much longer, with the team still clinging to the hope that a trade partner will materialize before the start of the regular season.

Even if a team is interested in trading for the veteran quarterback, there is only one year left on the deal unless the contract is reworked. Garoppolo would certainly work out for a new team, given how late in the offseason a potential trade could happen. After this season, he would become a free agent anyway. Again, unless the contract is reworked and years are added. However, Garoppolo can be seen more as a short-term solution for a potential buyer like, oh, let’s say, the Cleveland Browns.

Lance, the 49ers’ quarterback of the future, will showcase his progress Friday night in the 49ers’ first preseason game, a matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium.

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