San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is stepping on the gas on the golf course and at Hooters amid the off-season trading frenzy.
A photo surfaced recently of Garoppolo smiling and putting his arm around a Hooters waitress. The couple stood in a Hooters parking lot at night.
It’s unclear when the photo was taken, but it’s believed Garoppolo was at a Hooters restaurant in Augusta, Georgia, right in front of the Augusta National Golf Club, where the April 7-10 Masters tournament was being held. It’s also the same Hooters facility where pro golfer John Daly hosts his annual Masters event.
The quarterback appeared to be in good spirits during an offseason that was filled with trade rumors about where he will play next season.
After Garoppolo’s season ended in a loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship game, Garoppolo said he and 49ers general manager John Lynch “discussed finding the right target” for the 2022 season, with Trey Lance taking the starting job should take over.
With the quarterback carousel moving at breakneck speed since the start of the new NFL calendar year on March 16, the market has been getting thinner by the week.
It’s possible the 49ers could keep Garoppolo, whose $137.5 million contract expires at the end of 2022. His no-trade clause expired at the start of the new league year on March 16. Eight days earlier, the 30-year-old underwent surgery to repair the capsule in his throwing shoulder.
Lynch said the 49ers had budgeted for the possibility of Garoppolo remaining on the roster next season. The quarterback has remained quiet throughout the offseason.
During the NFL’s annual meetings in Palm Beach Florida last month, Lynch was asked if he could possibly cut the quarterback.
“I don’t foresee that,” Lynch said. “He’s too good a player. I think Jimmy will play for us or someone else. He’s too good a player not to be.”
Garoppolo is reportedly expected to return in full force in late June or early July barring any setbacks in his recovery from surgery.
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