Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

What does Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers contract mean for Jets, Kirk Cousins?

What does Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers contract mean for Jets, Kirk Cousins?

He completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions in six games last season.

The San Francisco 49ers have secured their franchise quarterback as the team has reportedly agreed to terms with Jimmy Garoppolo on Thursday. Garoppolo has only made seven career National Football League starts, but he's remarkably won all of them, and played well down the stretch for the 49ers. He's won every game he has started, but that's not many.

While NBA trades were being made left and right - most of which by the Cavaliers - the 49ers dropped a bomb of their own.


On that front, Niners general manager John Lynch has recently expressed optimism that the organization and Garoppolo are on the same page and closing in on a deal. That breaks down to roughly $27.5 million per year, to make Garoppolo is the highest paid player in league history. His seven career starts have all resulted in victory. You could argue that no coach would be able to help Garoppolo reach his ceiling more so than Shanahan.

"I like being here", Garoppolo said on January 1. That's a title he probably won't hold for long.

It's a massive deal that will reset the quarterback market, likely leading to Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers (eventually) signing even larger contracts.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - quarterback hasn't quite reached an agreement on a lucrative long-term contract with the team, though that could be coming soon. It's not out of the question that Garoppolo's deal will be surpassed multiple times before this offseason comes to a close. We'll see. I think he wants to be with us and we want him there.

The reason that I'm bringing this up is that Cousins, who will still be associated with the Redskins until the free agent sweepstakes for him begins, could be impacted by this deal.

Now with the quarterback position settled, the Niners can use their hefty amount of salary cap room to fill in the other pieces, including upgrading the offensive line and skilled position players and adding pass rushers and cornerbacks on defense.


After all, the best deals are always the ones that pay a premium for what a player will do rather than what he's already done.

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