The San Francisco 49ers gave quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the biggest deal in the history of the NFL.
The deal is worth $137.5 million over five years, according to multiple reports.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 8, 2018
Jimmy Garoppolo’s deal with the #49ers averages a league-high $27.5 million over five years with total guarantees totaling $74 million, per source.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) February 8, 2018
The 49ers and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract, source says. The biggest deal in NFL history on a average-per-year basis.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 8, 2018
When 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s 5-year deal gets finalized shortly, it will include the largest three-year cash total for a new contract in NFL history, just shy of $90 million, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 8, 2018
BREAKING: 49ers reach agreement with Jimmy Garoppolo on 5-year, $137.5 million contract.
The largest average-per-year contract in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/4X3vjj2I3K
— 247Sports (@247Sports) February 8, 2018
Call me crazy, but this is absolutely absurd. What are the 49ers thinking? The guy has thrown a grand total of 12 touchdown passes in his entire career, and he just got handed more money per year than Matthew Stafford. This makes next to no sense.
The only way this is justifiable is if there isn’t a ton of money that’s guaranteed in his contract, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Matt Maiocco reported there’s $74 million in guarantees. That’s so much money to pay a guy with such a small sample size. It are moves like these that cost general managers their careers.
You hand a guy with as little playing time as Garoppolo a contract worth $137.5 million, you better hope it works out. Otherwise, you probably won’t be working in the NFL much longer.
I understand the quarterback talent pool is small, but this is just so risky. Of course, I’ll look like an idiot if Garoppolo turns out to be a superstar. I guess only time will tell who is right on this one.