49ers sign Jimmy Garoppolo to record five-year, $137.5 million contract

49ers sign Jimmy Garoppolo to record five-year, $137.5 million contract

According to the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the 49ers and Garoppolo have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $137.5 million.

When a front office makes a decision on committing to a franchise signal caller, tenure is irrelevant.

For his part, Garoppolo mostly played coy when asked about contract negotiations, but he also repeatedly referred to the Niners in an inclusive way on multiple occasions. They have a promising young quarterback in place, a brilliant head coach and a defense that can hang with just about anyone, outside of the cornerback position, perhaps. He could be the next great quarterback, and it makes sense that Kyle Shanahan ended up agreeing to keep him long term.

Kirk Cousins should send Jimmy Garoppolo a "Thank You" card.

Garoppolo's contract sets a new negotiating point for Cousins.

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. The free-agent deal is sort of like the housing market, though.

With this move, it is clear San Francisco is putting all of its trust in Garoppolo.

Franchises look far and wide for a franchise quarterback. ESPN reported Sunday the Redskins are considering using the tag on Cousins again in order to trade him, but that seems highly unlikely.

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But the price of quarterbacks continues to rise.

San Francisco is on the rise just as the Rams were previous year.

Lastly, but certainly not least, is the impact on the 49ers plans for the 2018 NFL Draft. The 49ers will select either ninth or 10th in the first round depending on the outcome of a coin toss with the Oakland Raiders.

But if the 49ers didn't pay him like a top-tier quarterback, someone else would have.

General manager John Lynch could have been conservative.

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

Although he has started only seven National Football League games - two with the New England Patriots in 2016 and five with the 49ers in 2017 - he has a flawless record in those starts, having won all seven. Garoppolo's playoff share for the Patriots' win in the AFC Championship Game and loss in the Super Bowl came out to $107,000.

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