This is fantastic news for the 49ers.
On Thursday, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to a five-year contract extension with the 49ers, according to NFL Network. The deal reportedly is worth $137.5 million (27.5 million per year on average — the highest average in NFL history), and comes with $74 million guaranteed.
Some quick thoughts:
I doubt it’s a coincidence this became official eight days after Kirk Cousins unofficially hit the open market. Cousins’ availability gave the 49ers leverage.
I’m curious to see how much Garoppolo’s signing bonus will be and how much money he’ll make this year. He was scheduled to make almost $25 million in 2018 had he signed the franchise tag.
This signing raises expectations significantly for the 49ers. They should win nine or 10 games and make the playoffs next season. Eight wins won’t be enough.
Fortunately, this signing will help the 49ers attract high-priced free agents when the league year starts in March. The Niners need to sign a starting guard and a starting center. I wonder if Garoppolo has talked to any and convinced them to sign with San Francisco.