San Francisco 49ers Make Shocking Decision About The Future Of Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s career in San Francisco seemed as good as over. The former NFC-winning quarterback has been linked to what feels like a dozen NFL teams in the offseason. And for good reason as well.

Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan made his plans clear just last month. The organization planned on moving forward with 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance as the team’s starter. Garoppolo was training on his own and looked totally detached from his teammates. In fact, Jimmy G was listed as the fourth quarterback on the team’s first depth chart of 2022.

You couldn’t blame San Francisco for wanting to move on, either. The highly-paid QB reportedly ghosted the team after signing a massive contract in 2018.

But now that’s all irrelevant.

Jimmy Garoppolo Signs New Deal To Become League’s Highest-Paid Backup

With no market apparently forming for Garoppolo as a starter, the for Tom Brady backup settled for the next best thing.

Garoppolo restructured his massive deal and signed a one-year deal. The deal makes him the highest-paid backup in the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it’s worth $6.5 million in base salary. Garoppolo can earn $500,000 in roster bonuses and nearly $9 million available in playing-time bonuses.

Perhaps most importantly, it contains both no-trade and no-tag clauses. Those ensure that Garoppolo will hit free agency next summer as a 31-year-old. But for now, one of the NFL’s biggest offseason stories is over.

Fans couldn’t believe that this was the outcome following months of speculations.

Lance was up and down in the preseason, and it’s hard to imagine this will help his confidence. But for Shanahan, it’s a security blanket on a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

What happens next in the Jimmy G saga is yet to be seen.

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