The savior is staying put.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed on Thursday to sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The NFL Network reported Garoppolo’s contract is worth $137.5 million, with $74 million guaranteed, and will pay him an average of $27.5 million annually — an NFL record. ESPN reported the contract will pay Garoppolo up to $90 million the first three years — another NFL record. He would have made roughly the same amount of money had he signed the non-exclusive Franchise Tag three seasons in a row.
For months, 49ers general manager John Lynch said he would give Garoppolo the franchise tag if the two sides couldn’t work out a long-term deal. Of course, they did work out the deal. And it seems Lynch used the non-exclusive franchise tag as the baseline for it.
Garoppolo, 26, has started only seven games in the NFL. He has never lost a start.
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