Jimmy Garoppolo agrees on 5-year, $137.5M deal with the Niners


Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million deal that made the quarterback the highest-paid players in the NFL.

The speculation that the 49ers would franchise tag Garoppolo is not what general manager John Lynch thought, instead he provided the quarterback the best deal to lock him for the next five years.

Despite of starting only seven games, Garoppolo showed his tenacity as well as his poise by winning all those starts. Garoppolo made two starts with the Patriots and five with the 49ers which would be enough as the barometer for the 49ers to hire him for long.

“We want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time,” Lynch said on Jan. 2. “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.”

In seven starts of the 23 games he played with the 49ers and Patriots, Garropolo completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,250 yards and 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.

What Garoppolo made was to give life on the 49ers in the latter part of the 2017 season when the team was at 1-10, then he led them into five consecutive wins to end the season.

Garoppolo won two Super Bowls as a backup of Tom Brady. He was traded by the Patriots in October for the Niners original 2018 second round pick. While the trade brought controversy because Patriots coach Bill Belichick saw him as the future of the franchise but they couldn’t afford to let him stay in the upcoming free agency.

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