Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly agreed to a deal.
The 31-year-old on Monday signed a three-year, $67.5 million deal, with $34 million guaranteed, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Comp update: Raiders are giving former 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo a three-year, $67.5 million deal, including $34 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2023
Garoppolo started in 10 games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2022 before fracturing his left foot in a game against the Miami Dolphins. He held a record of 7-3 before the injury and had 16 touchdown passes to just 4 interceptions.
I believe Garoppolo is the franchise quarterback the Raiders have been longing for. Garoppolo’s ability to win games is one of his greatest traits as a quarterback. During his time with the 49ers, Garoppolo led San Francisco to the Super Bowl in 2020 and to the NFC Championship game in 2022. As a starting quarterback, Jimmy G. has been incredibly close to winning it all. (RELATED:Dolphins Make Super Bowl Charge With Trade For All-Pro Corner Jalen Ramsey)
Garoppolo will be reuniting with Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels, who was his offensive coordinator during his first three seasons in the league with the New England Patriots. Though Jimmy G. was the backup quarterback to Tom Brady during his time with the Pats, he still got to witness front-row how McDaniels and Brady operated throughout the season on their way to becoming champions. With that said, I believe Garoppolo has championship DNA inside of him. I also think McDaniels is the best head coach he could ask for at this stage of his career, considering how they’ve worked together before in the past.
Right off the bat, Garoppolo will be working with one of the NFL’s best wide receivers in Davante Adams. Adams has been selected to the Pro Bowl in six consecutive seasons. In his first season with the Raiders in 2022, he caught 100 passes for 1,516 reception yards and 14 touchdowns, according to Pro Football Reference.
He’ll also be playing alongside All-Pro running back, Josh Jacobs. Jacobs led the league in rushing yards in 2022 with 1,653, according to ESPN. With Jacobs and Adams helping Garoppolo carry the weight of Vegas’ offense, I can envision the Raiders making it back to the postseason. The last time Vegas was in the playoffs was back in January 2022, when the Cincinnati Bengals defeated them in the Wild Card round. It’s been over 20 years since the last time they won a playoff game.
The last time the Raiders won a playoff game was back in 2003, when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. At the time, Jerry Rice was their go-to wide receiver and they were quarterbacked by Rich Gannon.
If Garoppolo can stay healthy, the Raiders will be back in the postseason in 2024.