The San Francisco 49ers are likely to start an entirely new era with 22-year-old Trey Lance. It was always deemed the path that the Niners would go and the offseason events appear to clearly show that.

And based on the recent talk head coach Kyle Shanahan had on the Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, he doesn’t expect the 30-year-old play-caller around when the 49ers start practice.

"I think our team's ready for Trey, going through OTAs," Shanahan said. "I'm just pumped to get to work and provide him some practices cuz I know the kid has the ability. He's made of the right stuff. He just needs the reps, and he's gotta start banking those," the 42-year-old coach said.

As most know, Garoppolo underwent offseason shoulder surgery, something that allegedly caught the Niners by surprise. Tied to this, the medical procedure compromised any potential trade plans for the two-time Super Bowl champion with other NFL teams likely to pass off on dealing for Garoppolo this offseason due to concerns about the veteran quarterback’s health.

When asked if Garoppolo had any chance of practicing with the Niners, Shanahan played it safe. He says that anything is possible although he does not appear to have high hopes.

“I think anything’s possible but that would surprise me right now,” Shanahan said.

Garoppolo is reportedly set to return to San Francisco this August. He will initially take a physical but the best to expect is seeing the 30-year-old still suiting up next season but as a backup to Trey Lance.

For some, turning to Lance at a young age of 22 may be risky. Some question his maturity and ability to keep the Niners together.

But for Shanahan and some of his teammates, the Trey Lance era is ready to roll. Garoppolo will still be around as backup but there is no telling if Shanahan may be forced to flip the script- especially if Lance wilts under the pressure.

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers Getty Images | Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers

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