In today’s NFL style of play, having a good quarterback is essential and vital for a team’s success. The news of Jimmy Garoppolo’s reported five-year, $137.5 million contract— the richest in NFL history — is predictably reverberating across the internet.
$27.5 million annually, topping the $27 million per year that Lions QB Matthew Stafford got last offseason. Garoppolo’s former teammate, Patriots star Tom Brady, is set to make $14 million in base salary in 2018.
The 49ers quarterback is set to get paid; the contract doles out $90 million in the first three years, the most in league history. In his five starts for the 49ers last season, he earned a base salary of $820,077. He’s 5-0 in those starts (7-0 overall for his career), and he threw six touchdowns for 1,542 yards.
In year one, Garoppolo is set to make 42.6 million!
Details on Jimmy Garoppolo deal: pic.twitter.com/Lq0d1QBJwR
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 9, 2018
Garoppolo, 26, was in the final year of his rookie contract when he was traded by the New England Patriots in October to the 49ers for a second-round draft pick. After spending time on the sideline, Garoppolo took over as a starter for the last five games of the year and led the 49ers to a 5-0 record over the span with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Still, a record-breaking contract is a significant investment in a player with just seven career starts and 12 touchdowns over four years.
Twitter was blowing up about the news.
Omg! Jimmy G!
— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) February 8, 2018
@JimmyG_10 yo bubs, about the 20 dollars you owe me…. I mean …. congrats jimbo slice.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) February 8, 2018
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: “I knew I wanted to be here, and it got figured out pretty quickly.”
49ers GM John Lynch on Jimmy Garoppolo: “If you don’t have one, you’re looking for one. And we feel like we have our guy now.”
The highest paid….
The highest paid conversation over the last few years have always seen a new face and here’s why.
“As cap room continues to expand, the pay scale for reliable starting quarterbacks is set to skyrocket into new hemispheres,” wrote NFL.com’s Marc Sessler. “Long underpaid in comparison to, say, even marginal baseball players, the NFL quarterback – the most important position in sports – is entering a golden age of cash-earned glories.”
NFL's highest paid player …
March '16: Joe Flacco
June '16: Andrew Luck
June '17: Derek Carr
August '17: Matthew Stafford
February '18: Jimmy Garoppolo
… One more time: The NFL's highest paid player is usually the last good quarterback to get paid.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 8, 2018
Skyrocket was the most appropriate word and we haven’t even started free agency yet.
Outcomes of being highest paid
Flacco earned the right to be the highest paid player back in 2013. He led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XLVII, a 10-5 playoff record and was named the MVP. However, Flacco is now the seventh-highest paid quarterback in the league with an annual average salary of $22.1 million, and he’s expected to drop three more spots in the next couple months when Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan get new contracts.
At the time, people questioned Stafford’s extension. He had a profound record with injuries and never led the Lions to a playoff victory. However, when on top of his game, Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He has a solid pocket presence, accuracy, and a powerful arm.
Stafford had just 163 days to enjoy his reign as the league’s highest-paid player. And Garoppolo probably has only a few weeks before Kirk Cousins or somebody else beats him.