49ers, Garoppolo Agree To 5-Year / $137 Million Contract

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passes the ball during the second quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium Sunday Dec. 10 2017 in Houston

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed on Thursday to sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in National Football League history.

Before Garoppolo's deal, Lions quarterback Mathew Stafford had been the measuring stick for his position - five years, $135 million, $92 million guaranteed, including $60.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. "And Jimmy really gave us that spark at the end of the year".

Former New England Patriots backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo just got PAID! But when Garoppolo finally played for the Niners, he looked every bit like a franchise quarterback.

After trading a second-round pick to New England for him on October 30, the 49ers gave the 26-year-old passer his first start on December 3 in his hometown of Chicago.

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In those five starts, Garoppolo completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,542 yards and an average of 8.76 yards per attempt.

At that point, the sticker shock of Garoppolo's deal this offseason will have worn off, making $30 million the new $20 million when it comes to paying franchise quarterbacks.

It then would be reasonable to suspect that his deal would top Garoppolo's contract, just as Garoppolo's topped Stafford's and Stafford's topped Carr's.

After a Week 12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers' record fell to 1-10.

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To some, it might seem like an overreaction to his five impressive starts with the 49ers this season where he completed 67 percent of his passes and held a QB rating of 96.2 on his way to a flawless 5-0 record.

Following the Malcolm Butler situation from the Super Bowl and now Garoppolo's massive deal, this will not go down as one of Belichick's finest weeks.

As the months passed, some tried to defend Belichick for only getting a second-round pick in return, noting some past deals involving quarterbacks and that he was going to be a free agent after the season. The first day to do that would have been February 20.

It has been rumored that the Green Bay Packers have wanted to put quarterback Aaron Rodgers back atop the pay scale.

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