The San Francisco 49ers made what could be the biggest move of the NFL offseason on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo worth $137.5 million, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, citing a source.
The deal makes Garoppolo the highest paid player in NFL history on an average per-year basis, according to Garafolo. That honor was previously held by Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, who signed a five-year, $135-million extension last August.
The 26-year-old blossomed after being traded from the New England Patriots, leading the 49ers to consecutive victories in each of his five starts to finish the season. Over that stretch, Garoppolo completed over 67 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards and seven touchdowns.
We. Finally. Have. A. Competent. QB. And he’s getting PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAID.
As a 49ers fan this makes me incredibly happy. Since losing Alex Smith to an injury in 2012, we have gone through Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Brian Hoyer before finally going with Rookie C.J. Beathard last year until landing Jimmy G in a masterful trade with the 2nd best team in the NFL, the New England Patriots.
I myself have been an Alex Smith fan since we drafted him in 2005 (If anybody has an Alex Smith 49ers jersey let me know, ill pay the pretty penny.) and absolutely hated Jim Harbaugh’s decision to start Kap. Even though Kap did lead us to the Superbowl, it was mainly because of our stellar defense with a healthy Navarro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith and Justin Smith. But after Kap left the team amidst the kneeling scandal, we haven’t found a competent, QB. Gabbert started the last 8 games of the 2015 season and the first 5 games of the 2016 season, ending with a record of 4-9. Kaepernick started the last 11 games and ended with a record of 1-10 that season. Last year we started Brian Hoyer for 6 games, going 0-5 before being replaced midway through the 6th game. Rookie. C.J. Beathard started the next 6 games and went 1-5 before getting injured. Jimmy G. would start the rest of the season, winning the last 5 games for the Niners. More importantly, the Niners were playing motivated and scored a lot of points. The Niners had almost 2 more scores a game with Garappolo leading the offense.
Garappollo has been under the tutelage of Tom Brady since coming into the league in 2014, and has yet to lose a game. In college he played for Eastern Illinois where he threw for 13,156 yards and 118 TD’s in 4 years with 5,050 yards and 53 TD’s coming in his senior year. He broke numerous records set by all time great QB Tony Romo.
So is he worth being paid the highest salary in the NFL? Yes, get ready for the Niner’s next year.