SANTA CLARA — Friday was part press conference, part sales pitch.
The 49ers had signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the day before to a record five-year, $137.5 million contract. The next morning, Garoppolo, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media in the 49ers auditorium and answered questions about the deal.
At times, they were talking directly to free agents.
“We feel like we’ve got our guy now,” Lynch said as he sat on the stage next to Garoppolo. “He’s a foundational piece. (Signing him) was urgent for us heading into free agency. This is a big deal.
“It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside. We’ve got this guy. Who wouldn’t want to be here? We want to become a destination where everyone wants to be. We’ve got a long way to go. We were 6-10. We’re fully aware of that. We’ve got to earn it just like this guy has.”
The 49ers have between $62 million and $63 million in cap space remaining for 2018 after completing Garoppolo’s contract. Only two other teams have more cap space — the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts.
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