Former 49er Richard Sherman has strong feelings about team's handling of Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Lance

Richard Sherman prior to a game between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium on August 25, 2022.

Richard Sherman prior to a game between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium on August 25, 2022.

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Richard Sherman famously never held back as a player when given the chance to speak on air. Now that his playing days are over and he’s begun his career as a TV analyst, things are no different.

On Amazon Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football broadcast, the former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl cornerback discussed the team keeping both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance on the roster.

“It’s the most awkward situation I’ve ever heard of,” Sherman said in his analyst debut. “It’s like a couple being divorced, and the divorced wife staying in the house while the husband gets re-married.”

Sherman is just one of many to comment on what's going on in the quarterback room, where Trey Lance has taken the reins yet Garoppolo remains on the team.

“It’s not fair to Jimmy. He was a great teammate and he’s being a great teammate right now,” Sherman said. “He’s such a selfless human being. He doesn’t want to be a distraction. He works out and doesn’t say anything. He’s just being a great teammate.”

Sherman was on the 49ers team that Garoppolo led to Super Bowl LIV and is known to be one of Jimmy G's fans. The 49ers have made it very clear that Garoppolo is gone, and the only thing up in the air is whether they can find a trade suitor for the 30 year-old. While Sherman is evidently not a fan of how the team has handled things, he still thinks highly of Lance.

“It’s the right move for Kyle Shanahan, and that’s what matters,” Sherman said. “He’s looking for a quarterback with mobility, with a big arm, who can direct this offense. There are certain traits that Trey Lance has that Jimmy G just didn’t have. There are certain plays he can make that Jimmy G just couldn’t make.”

Lance completed seven of his 11 attempts for 49 yards, but was under constant pressure in the 17-0 preseason loss Thursday night. Shanahan called it a “rough” outing for his offense

Regardless, while the future of the team largely depends on how much of a jump Lance can make in his second year, it’s something Sherman seems to believe in enough to make him (jokingly) ask 49ers GM John Lynch to take him back.

"If you're ever looking for a guy who was on that Super Bowl team, who brings a presence, I don't know anybody but I'd be happy to answer some calls," Sherman said.