Well, that didn’t take long at all. The San Francisco 49ers have locked up by far the most intriguing free agent quarterback and get the guy of the future. The deal was finalized earlier this afternoon.
The 49ers agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Jimmy Garoppolo worth $137.5 million.
The yearly average of $27.5 million tops that of Matthew Stafford who was the highest paid player annually until the deal was cemented. The deal is the largest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis. Guarantees for this contract are not clear at the moment.
San Francisco traded for Jimmy Garoppolo in October from the New England Patriots for a 2018 second-round pick. The quarterback was in the last year of his rookie contract with New England.
The 49ers went undefeated in Garoppolo’s five starts. He also has the longest active regular-season winning streak in the NFL at seven games. The former second-round pick (No. 62 overall in 2014) has never lost an NFL start. Absolutely incredible.
In seven career starts, Jimmy Garoppolo has displayed without question that he’s a franchise quarterback. Now, he’ll be paid like one. Santa Clara’s screams of rejoice can be heard across the country. Should be a fun year for the Niners.