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

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He could have placed the franchise tag on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a 26-year-old who has won all seven of his National Football League starts. He has never lost a start.

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.

The Niners traded for Garoppolo on October 31, after Garoppolo spent the first eight games on the Patriots as 's backup.

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Teams typically like to be convinced what they see is not just an extraordinary run of good luck, but what they can expect from a player on a year-to-year basis. There are several players that could arrive to make the 49ers not only a playoff contender, but a very risky team going into 2018.

Garoppolo earned $51,000 for the Patriots' win over the in the AFC title contest before getting $56,000 for New England's loss in the Super Bowl.

The 49ers seemingly could not put Garoppolo in a position to succeed.

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Pending free agent Kirk Cousins will likely make more than Garoppolo once his bidding war begins in March after Washington traded for Alex Smith. Despite the limited playing time, the 49ers pulled the trigger on a trade shortly before the deadline in exchange for a second-round pick. And there was no guarantee he wanted to tie his future to their franchise. But when Garoppolo finally played for the Niners, he looked every bit like a franchise quarterback. He sat on the bench and learned the playbook for a month while the 49ers continued to struggle.

"He needs talent around him", McCloughan said. Now, his former teammate wants one of his own.

But he didn't need talent around him. The 49ers made the more permanent arrangement happen, and now Garoppolo is under contract for the same duration as Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, who are one season into six-year contracts. Force into the game late because of an injury against Seattle on November 26th, Garoppolo completed two passes including a touchdown in a loss to the Seahawks.

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Cleveland could certainly mount a comeback and win the game still if they could just play better in the fourth quarter. A recent behind-closed-door team meeting was rumored to end with a number of players holding Kevin Love responsible.