The San Francisco 49ers have secured their franchise quarterback as Jimmy Garoppolo has officially inked a new five-year contract deal worth $137.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The closed contract deal includes a total of $74 million in guaranteed money.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network first reported the new contract deal. He said that it’s indeed the “biggest deal in NFL history on a average-per-year basis.”
When the 49ers acquired Garoppolo via trade with Patriots, the former has also acquired the right to franchise tag the aforementioned quarterback in place of a long-term contract deal. For a main backup quarterback with a pretty small sample size, logically, this was in play. But that wasn’t the plan for 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, and after Garoppolo took over the role of franchise messiah (winning all five of his starts), the next decision wasn’t to tag, but to locked him down to the franchise.
Garoppolo spent the first three-and-a-half seasons of his professional American football career with the New England Patriots, making just a couple of starts while serving as the main backup to superstar quarterback Tom Brady. Despite the very limited playing time, the San Francisco 49ers initiated a move in a blockbuster trade shortly before the trade deadline expires in exchange for a second-rounder draft pick.
After an outstanding showing once he became a regular starting quarterback on the gridiron, GM Lynch made it clear this is the answer at long-term franchise quarterback.
The two camps were able to come to an agreement to keep the 26-year-old quarterback in San Francisco for the foreseeable future.
Garoppolo has already proved he has the talent to lead the Niners to success, turning around what was one of the worst organization in the league with a 5-0 winning streak as a starter after the San Francisco went 1-10 to start the season. Garoppolo’s 1,250 passing yards in his first four starts for the 49ers are the most in NFL history, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic.
The former Eastern Illinois University star concluded the most recent season with 1,560 passing yards and seven touchdowns in six contest for a 96.2 quarterback rating.