Arlington Heights native Jimmy Garoppolo agrees record deal with the 49ers

ASSOCIATED PRESS           San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 31 in Los Angeles

ASSOCIATED PRESS San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 31 in Los Angeles

For Garoppolo, he must feel relieved knowing he's out of the brewing cauldron of dysfunction that is becoming the New England Patriots.

The 49ers do have a few pieces to acquire and tweak, but once the quarterback situation is figured out, the rest can happen much easier than without a quarterback.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, San Francisco signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

Jimmy Garoppolo became a dangerously wealthy man on Thursday. Sports Bay Area reported the contract included $74 million in guaranteed cash. And now there are some wondering how the Niners can justify a massive contract for a player who has yet to prove he can win over a long period of time?

It remains very good news for those who are next in line, a group that includes Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and, especially, Aaron Rodgers. There are several players that could arrive to make the 49ers not only a playoff contender, but a very unsafe team going into 2018.

Garoppolo, 26, has started only seven games in the NFL. So they kept Brady and traded Garoppolo. In all five, he completed between 60.6 and 72.1 percent of his passes for at least 242 yards (had two 300+ yard games). He had his hand in seven touchdowns to his five interceptions and one fumble.

But what makes his numbers really impressive is that he did so with no significant preparation. "I couldn't ask for him to give us any more than he's given us". Most importantly, they were undefeated with Garaoppolo under center after going 1-10 with other starters. All they could do is piss off the kid and franchise him, which would still be around $22 million. Let's take a look at Garoppolo's gradual career, starting with a look at his net worth. What about multiple second-round picks, even extending beyond the 2018 draft? While the trade brought controversy because Patriots coach Bill Belichick saw him as the future of the franchise but they couldn't afford to let him stay in the upcoming free agency. Seems a little high, right? The 49ers are getting a good player, and they're getting a good person, and they're getting a great teammate and they're getting a good quarterback.

"We've asked him to do a lot of things here in this last month that he hasn't done before, like our bootlegs, some of our play action", Shanahan said after beating the Rams.

That included victories over playoff teams - the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars - and the five victories equalled the 49ers' combined total from their previous 34 games.

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