Garoppolo agreed to a five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, according to multiple reports. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo first reported the deal.
Garoppolo will make $27.5 million per season, which eclipses the previous high set by Matthew Stafford's contract with the Detroit Lions, worth $27 million per year. If Garoppolo flops, it can presumably move on in a few years once the guaranteed money lessens.
The 49ers, of course, are a franchise known for quarterbacks.
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Garoppolo, 26, earned $3.5 million his first four season from his rookie contract. Garoppolo completed 70 per cent of his passes and led the team on a last-minute drive that ended with a game-winning field goal. It's a wise gamble, especially when compared to free agency, which largely rewards past performance without properly weighing future impact. After installing Garoppolo as the starter, those averages shot up to 29 points and 409.6 yards per game over the final five weeks. Since 2004, the 49ers rank at or near the bottom of the National Football League in passing yards (32nd), touchdown passes (31st), completion percentage (29th), interceptions (28th) and passer rating (26th).
Still high on the 49ers' priority list are cornerback, edge rusher, wide receiver, offensive linemen and running back, especially if they don't re-sign center Daniel Kilgore and running back Carlos Hyde.
The 49ers were expected to have more than $100 million in salary-cap space for 2018 and it will be interesting to see how Garoppolo's deal is structured. And to think, the Patriots gave him up for only a second-round draft pick. "... He did a hell of a job starting way behind in the small time he played, and I expect him to keep getting better". Still, Lynch offered periodic updates throughout the process, including at January's Senior Bowl, where he said the Niners were "working hard" to get a deal done and that a deal made "too much sense not to happen".