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The NFL world reacts to Jimmy Garoppolo’s place on the depth chart

As we get closer to the season, teams are starting to release their unofficial depth charts for the 2022-23 NFL season, and the San Francisco 49ers certainly released a controversial one on Tuesday morning.

The 49ers’ depth chart featured the names expected as starters, but veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (seen above in a Divisional Round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in January), who is expected to be traded at some point before the start of the 2022 season is shocking as the team’s fourth-string quarterback behind Trey Lance, Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy.

The team has already said they’ve moved on to Lance as a starter, but it’s certainly interesting that Garoppolo isn’t ranking above fourth on their depth chart at this time.

Many in the NFL world consider it extremely disrespectful for the 49ers to do so, given that Garoppolo just helped the team get to the NFC Championship Game just a season ago.

If there was any other needed indication that Garoppolo’s time in San Francisco is over, it certainly makes it abundantly clear.

Garoppolo was cleared to train for the team after shoulder surgery during the offseason, but he would instead work in the side. General manager John Lynch called it “a good decision for both parties”.

It’s currently very unclear where Garoppolo could land this season, as there is less than a month until the regular season opener, and most teams have already determined their quarterback situation at this point.

That being said, it’s almost a guarantee that Garoppolo won’t be in San Francisco next year. And this is further proof.

[Matt Maiocco]