According to Ian Rapoport, the answer is yes.
Rapoport reported Sunday morning that contract negotiations between Garopplo’s agent Don Yee and the 49ers “have gained significant momentum, and a deal could get done in the near future.”
It’s possible this report is dead-on accurate, but I’m skeptical. This is the first information about the 49ers that has leaked to national media since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan joined the organization. Why did this news get out all of a sudden?
I’m guessing Rapoport’s source was the 49ers front office. And I’m guessing the 49ers are putting pressure on Garoppolo and Yee to sign a long-term extension without first getting the franchise tag.
If I’m right, I highly doubt Garoppolo and Yee will cave into that pressure. They would be insane not to want the tag before signing a long-term extension. The tag is the baseline for a long-term deal. Doing the deal without getting the tag first only would take money off the table for Garoppolo and Yee.
I doubt a deal will happen any time soon.