A franchise quarterback landed in the lap of the San Francisco 49ers. General manager John Lynch was not going to let him get away.
Garoppolo will earn $61.2 million over the first two seasons, $48.7M of which is guaranteed at signing, per Garafolo. The contract also includes a no-trade clause that activates at the start of the fourth year of the contract (2021).
Garoppolo's scheduled news conference on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET will be carried live on NFL Network.
Garoppolo seems pretty happy about the development:
In just seven career starts, Garoppolo has displayed unequivocally he's a franchise quarterback. Now he'll be paid like one.
Down the stretch of the season, Jimmy G elevated every player on the 49ers' roster. His pinpoint ball placement allowed previously third-fiddle receivers to morph into dangerous weapons. His quick trigger and ability to throw off his back foot aided a banged-up offensive line. His talent for moving the ball kept the 49ers' porous defense off the field and in positive situations.
Since he entered the NFL in 2014, Garoppolo has completed 67.3 percent of his passes (4th-highest, min. 250 attempts) with an 8.3 yards per attempt average (first) and a 99.7 passer rating (fifth).
Garoppolo's physical brilliance is matched by his mental acumen and leadership qualities demanded of a franchise quarterback. In case you doubt Jimmy G, please take a refresher course:
Those questioning the small sample size or the lack of touchdowns (7 TDs, 5 INTs) are either not watching Garoppolo play or forgetting that the 49ers owned a dead-on-arrival offense before he entered the lineup. The 49ers scored 28.8 points per game under Garoppolo; they scored 17 points per tilt in games he did not start in 2017.
Garoppolo immediately morphed the 49ers into one of the most enjoyable teams to watch down the stretch. He had Niners players espousing comparisons to Tom Brady, and giddily talking about his "different aura." More importantly, his arrival in San Francisco made playing hella more fun for his teammates.
Garoppolo's leadership and talent caused the greatest coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick, to balk at getting rid of the quarterback before he absolutely had to make a move. As colleague Chris Wesseling eloquently detailed, Belichick envisioned Jimmy G as the perfect post-Brady quarterback. Only TB12 stiff-arming Father Time caused a ripple in that plan.
"When you find the right guy at that position, it's really good for your franchise," Lynch said last month from the Senior Bowl. "We believe we've found the right guy."