Friday, 23 February, 2018

49ers Make Jimmy Garoppolo Highest-Paid Player In NFL

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Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 01:47

Among 45 quarterbacks with 100-plus drop backs, his 0.35 Passing NEP per drop back was the best (Tom Brady was second at 0.28 and the average among that group of quarterbacks was 0.04). It happened in June with Derek Carr.

Jimmy Garoppolo isn't playing second-fiddle to anyone anymore-not on the field, and not at the bank.

After watching Jimmy Garoppolo make just five starts in San Francisco, the 49ers are clearly convinced that he's their quarterback of the future, and we know that because they just gave him the biggest contract in National Football League history.

As a matter of fact, I would be willing to bet that Cousins ultimately gets about $90 million in guaranteed money, likely on a five or six year deal.

While the price may seem extreme, the reality is that this is the market for quarterbacks right now.

Although the deal isn't official yet, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, inking Garoppolo to a long-term deal, the 49ers will finally regain stability under center, something the team hasn't had since 2014. Marsh was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March but re-signed with the Niners on a two-year deal on Wednesday afternoon.

That included victories over two playoff teams - the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars - and the five victories equaled the 49ers' combined total from their previous 34 games. They are the cornerstones of the Niners' quest to regain relevance, and their contracts reflect that.

After arriving from New England in an October 31 trade and revitalizing the 49ers with his 5-0 December debut, Garoppolo proved himself a keeper - and an expensive one. The Washington Redskins already have put his replacement in position by agreeing to trade a third-round draft choice and cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs for Alex Smith. The first day to do that would have been February 20.

"We've asked him to do a lot of things here in this last month that he hasn't done before, like our bootlegs, some of our play action", Shanahan said after beating the Rams.

Wilson was traded this week - from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.

Garoppolo, 26, earned $3.5 million his first four season from his rookie contract. The progression has become clear and orderly. It's a wise gamble, especially when compared to free agency, which largely rewards past performance without properly weighing future impact. Aaron Rodgers will top it.