The 49ers signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year deal that NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported is worth a record $137.5 million, the largest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis. San Francisco’s leadership duo of GM John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan joined Garoppolo in a news conference Friday, and the three made it abundantly clear from the beginning: This union is here to stay, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.
“What I tried to do was keep pushing the button,” Lynch said. “Hey, he wants to be here and we want him here, let’s get it done. Why wait?”
They didn’t wait very long, and they brought the money.
When San Francisco acquired Garoppolo via trade with New England, it also acquired the right to franchise tag the quarterback in lieu of a long-term deal. For a backup with a small sample size, logically, this was in play. But that wasn’t the plan for Lynch and Shanahan, and after Garoppolo assumed the role of franchise messiah (winning all five of his starts), the next decision wasn’t to tag, but to secure.
“We became convinced that we had that as an option, but we didn’t want to use it,” Lynch said of the franchise tag. “We wanted to make Jimmy a 49er for a long, long time. Do you have to have some faith for that? Absolutely, but he earned that faith that we have in him.”
“I knew I wanted to be here, it was just a matter of getting everything figured out and I think we did that fairly quickly this offseason,” Garoppolo said. “I’m excited about it that it got done so fast and it’s an exciting time right now.”