Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to join the Las Vegas Raiders this past Monday, but his introductory press conference on Thursday was postponed.
The Las Vegas Raiders regime of general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels made the decision to move on from quarterback Derek Carr. Nearly one month after releasing Carr from his contract, the Raiders got his replacement in former San Francisco 49ers signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo.
The deal was agreed upon on Monday, March 13, reuniting Garoppolo with McDaniels, his former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
On Thursday, Garoppolo arrived in Las Vegas, showing up in the Raiders facility alongside fellow free agent signings Jakobi Meyers, Marcus Epps, Phillip Dorsett, Robert Spillane and Brandon Facyson. Those five free agents were announced officially by the Raiders and appeared during the introductory press conference. The thing is, Garoppolo was not at the conference, and not introduced by the team.
The Raiders announced that Garoppolo’s press conference was officially postponed until Friday, March 17. So, what is going on with the Raiders and Garoppolo?
Raiders announce postponement of Jimmy Garoppolo introductory press conference
Paul Gutierrez of ESPN tweeted out that since Garoppolo wasn’t officially introduced by the team, they decided to postpone the conference until Friday. Additionally, sources told Gutierrez that it’s “a little delayed,” but “all good.”
Raiders fans had to be scratching their heads, wondering what was going on. After all, the team’s social media team tweeted out videos of Garoppolo arriving at the facility and shaking hands with McDaniels and his new teammates.
The Raiders and Garoppolo agreed to terms on a three-year, $72.8 million contact, $45 million of which is guaranteed.
Garoppolo was on the trade block last offseason, but returned to the 49ers for the 2022 season. He filled in after Trey Lance suffered a fractured ankle, and led the team to seven wins in 10 starts. But in Week 13, Garoppolo suffered a broken foot that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
In 11 games played, Garoppolo threw for 2,437 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions while completing 67.2-percent of his passes.
Raiders fans will be waiting on Friday to see if the press conference for Garoppolo will go on at hts new schedule.