SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback of the present is now officially their quarterback of the future.
The Niners and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to to a 5-year, $137.5 million deal with $90 million guaranteed in the first three years, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The deal makes Garoppolo one of the league’s highest-paid players despite having just seven NFL starts to his name.
Garoppolo’s signing comes as no surprise given his strong finish to the 2017 season in which he led the then one-win Niners to victories in their final five games.
After the season, San Francisco general manager John Lynch made it clear the franchise’s top priority entering the offseason would be getting Garoppolo locked in for the long haul.
“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.”
True to his promise, Lynch and the Niners did not reveal much publicly throughout the negotiations, nor did Don Yee, Garoppolo’s representative. Still, Lynch offered periodic updates throughout the process, including at January’s Senior Bowl where he said the Niners were “working hard” to get a deal done and that a deal made “too much sense not to happen.”
For his part, Garoppolo mostly played coy when asked about contract negotiations, but he also repeatedly referred to the Niners in an inclusive way on multiple occasions.
“I like being here,” Garoppolo said on Jan. 1. “We had a good thing going at the end of this year. You know, we’ll see what happens.”
The 49ers acquired Garoppolo on Oct. 31 from the New England Patriots for a 2018 second-round draft pick. Garoppolo, who got his first start on Dec. 3 against the Bears, set a franchise record for passing yards in his first five starts with the team (1,542), doing so despite having minimal time to absorb Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
That performance undoubtedly raised Garoppolo’s price tag, though Lynch said both sides agreed right after the trade to put off contract talks until after Garoppolo had a chance to settle in to his new surroundings.
In 23 games with seven starts between the 49ers and Patriots, Garoppolo has completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,250 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 99.7 and a 77.7 QBR.
Garoppolo, 26, seemed to want to bet on himself in hopes of a bigger deal after increasing his sample size.
The deal was first reported by NBC Bay Area and The NFL Network.