49ers Make Jimmy Garoppolo Highest Paid Player In NFL

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2018

By the end of 2009, Rodgers had taken Green Bay to the postseason. The talks heated up the week of the Super Bowl and continued this week.

If the first part of that equation sounds familiar, it should. Signing Cousins would, at least in theory, solve the quarterback problem for the next four to five years and free Dorsey from having to select a quarterback with the No. 1 or No. 4 overall selection in the upcoming draft.

In the three-and-a-half years spent in New England (2014-2017) Garoppolo made just two starts.

The 49ers could have used the franchise tag to ensure they kept Garoppolo for a year, but they wanted to get a long-term deal completed to indicate he is their quarterback for the foreseeable future.

But any team talking with Cousins is going to be in the same situation, so it seems realistic that the Garoppolo deal will be the starting point for any discussions between Cousins and his potential suitors.

That belief is rooted in what Garoppolo was able to do in his short stint as the starter. Beathard went 1-4 as a starter, snapping the franchise's historic 0-9 start with a 31-21 home win over the New York Giants on November 12 to earn one last start before Garoppolo's promotion. Those five wins matched the total the Niners had posted in their previous 34 games combined. After all, cold, hard cash feels a lot better than allegedly being locked out in the cold at Alex Guerrero's training facility.

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It was only the team's second win of the season, but it ended up being a typical outing for Garoppolo.

One thing that multiple people noted is that Garoppolo will now make more money than Tom Brady in 2018. This is the biggest deal in NFL history on an average-per-year basis, according to the NFL Network.

Left tackle Joe Staley, the 49ers' longest tenured player, said teammates' confidence in Garoppolo - and by extension, the confidence in themselves - rose with every victory.

The deal isn't officially done, per ESPN's National Football League insider Adam Schefter, but it's expected to be completed soon.

Garoppolo's immediate success also sent a panic through 49ers fans because he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 14. That also would be a welcome development for Cousins, who would be available to a group of bidders that might include the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals and maybe the Minnesota Vikings.

And when that payday comes, he owes a big thank you to Garoppolo. Brady, on the other hand, makes a paltry $20.5 million a year under his current contract. If they wanted, they could easily put a huge cap number on Garoppolo in the first year of this deal and still not have it affect their ability to build around him.

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