While Jimmy Garoppolo’s former team plays in Super Bowl LII, the 49ers quarterback is moving closer toward cashing in with his new team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Long-term contract extension negotiations between Garoppolo and the 49ers have gained significant momentum, and a deal could get done in the near future, sources informed of the situation said.
The lucrative, multi-year contract would mark the completion of a whirlwind process that began when he was surprisingly traded from the Patriots to San Francisco before eventually embarking on a stunning five-game win streak. The Niners wanted him as their franchise quarterback and his play warranted the investment that’s coming.
There is work to be done over the next several days, but sources said the optimism coming from the organization has been warranted.
The deal is expected to pay Garoppolo in the upper echelon of NFL QBs.
In Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl, general manager John Lynch sounded like talks on Garoppolo’s long-term future with the team were heading in the right direction.
“When you find the right guy at that position, it’s really good for your franchise,” Lynch said. “We believe we’ve found the right guy. Now the challenge is getting Jimmy signed. We’re working hard towards that. We’ll see. I think he wants to be with us and we want him there. I think it makes too much sense not to happen. So it’s just a matter of getting it done.”