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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The 49ers struck gold when they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo in October and now the team is making sure Garoppolo is their quarterback for the long term future. Jed York and John Lynch went to the negotiation table and hashed out a mega-deal which will make Garoppolo the highest paid player in the National Football League. Jimmy G ($27.5M) will make a half million dollars per year more than Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford ($27M). The most surprising thing about the Garroppolo situation is the fact that the 49ers only had to give up a 2nd round pick to land him. That’s a very low price for a player who is valued more than anyone in the entire league now. By landing a multiyear contract San Francisco also avoids having to franchise tag their starting QB. The rest of the team’s cap space can now be used on bringing in other assets that can help elevate the talent level on this roster. When you weigh all of these factors it becomes overwhelmingly evident that the scarlet and gold are a organization on the rise. You just can’t say enough good things about the impact Jimmy Garoppolo has had on the rest of the other players in that locker room. We’re talking about team that had one win before they made the trade with New England. After Garoppolo went to California this team rattled off five straight wins. The difference in morale was night and day which is exactly why the 49ers made sure their guy didn’t hit the open market (free agency). The future is certainly bright for this franchise and it will very exciting to see who else they sign once March rolls around? Imagine if San Francisco signed Sammy Watkins and Jimmy Graham for their passing game. Then use the rest of their cap space to load up on defense (Julius Peppers and Zach Brown?). You can already see that his team has plenty of options and John Lynch has to be feeling good about the position he is in.
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