49ers Make Jimmy Garoppolo Highest-Paid Player In NFL

49ers Make Jimmy Garoppolo Highest-Paid Player In NFL

The deal makes Garoppolo, 26, the league's highest-paid player despite having just seven NFL starts to his name.

The deal puts other likely free agents contracts into question including Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

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Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers. Stafford's contract totals $135 million, Carr's adds up to $125 million, and Luck's is $122 million.

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The biggest victor from this contract, aside from Garoppolo, of course, is probably Cousins, whose sights are probably even higher now after Garoppolo got this deal after six starts in 2017. That's also when Cousins is set to hit the free agent market. With so many options, it is hard to tell what direction the team will go in. His seven career starts have all resulted in victory.

No quarterback rated better on a per-play basis this past season by Net Expected Points (NEP) than Garoppolo.

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Evidently, the 49ers liked what they saw. Now, without having to wait in line for the ageless wonder that is Tom Brady to retire, he has his team AND a contract for the foreseeable future. Beathard fail time and time again to move the offense with any sort of momentum, Garoppolo came in and immediately changed the fortunes of the offense. Plus, the fact that he was still so efficient with a touchdown-to-interception ratio that poor is a good sign. A ESPN story by Seth Wickersham reported that Bill Belichick was "furious and demoralized" when given a mandate to trade Garoppolo.

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