San Francisco 49ers have officially taken care of their quarterback position. The team has signed Jimmy Garoppolo on a five-year deal, worth $137.5 million. Almost $90 million of that money is guaranteed in the first three years, which made Garoppolo the highest paid player in the NFL, although he only started seven games in the league.
Despite the small number of games he played, Jimmy Garoppolo has proved his value since coming to San Francisco from the New England Patriots. He took over the quarterback position at a team which had 1-10 record and won the final five games of the season.
After the 2017 NFL season ended, John Lynch said that the team has all intentions to make Garoppolo their franchise quarterback and that signing him in the off season will be the primary goal for the 49ers.
“We want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time,” – said Lynch back in January. “That process is going to take place here. We’re eager to get that done, to have the opportunity. … You have our assurances, and the fans do, that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time.“
Jimmy Garoppolo was originally drafted into NFL by the Patriots in 2014, where he assumed the role of Tom Brady’s backup. He played as a relief for the first two seasons and got his chance to start in the opening game of the 2016 NFL season, following Tom Brady’s suspension. After the season ended, impressed by his showing many teams tried to acquire Garoppolo in the 2017 off season including Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns, but they couldn’t strike a deal with the Patriots. Finally, Garoppolo was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 2018 second round draft pick.