After three and a half years as the backup to Tom Brady in New England, Jimmy Garoppolo finally got his chance to make a name for himself. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers before the trade deadline and he was eventually handed the keys. He didn’t disappoint in his opportunity to lead the Niners.
He took over a 1-10 49ers team and ripped off five straight wins to end the season. He finished with 1,560 passing yards and seven touchdowns in six games for a 96.2 quarterback rating placing him 11th among passers with at least 177 pass attempts. It appears the five-game sample was enough for the Niners as they went and signed the 26-year-old Eastern Illinois product to a record-setting deal.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network first reported the news and it was confirmed by the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo himself. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area also reported the deal includes a total of $74 million in guaranteed money.
The 49ers and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract, source says. The biggest deal in NFL history on a average-per-year basis.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 8, 2018
Jimmy Garoppolo’s deal with the #49ers averages a league-high $27.5 million over five years with total guarantees totaling $74 million, per source.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) February 8, 2018
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) February 9, 2018
49ers general manager John Lynch already made it blatantly clear before signing this deal, according to Ian Rappoport of NFL Network, Jimmy G is his QB of the future.
“When you find the right guy at that position, it’s really good for your franchise. We believe we’ve found the right guy. Now the challenge is getting Jimmy signed. We’re working hard towards that. We’ll see. I think he wants to be with us and we want him there. I think it makes too much sense not to happen. So it’s just a matter of getting it done.”