Jimmy Garoppolo is about to become a very rich man.
The former New England Patriots quarterback reportedly agreed to terms Thursday on a five-year, $137.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers — the richest deal in NFL history.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, Garoppolo’s teammate for three-and-a-half seasons in New England, offered his congratulations on Twitter shortly after news of the QB’s new deal broke.
The 26-year-old Garoppolo has started just seven games in his NFL career, but it’s not hard to see why the 49ers were willing to hand him such a lucrative contract. In those seven starts, he’s 7-0 with a 68.1 completion percentage, 2,038 passing yards 10 touchdown passes and five interceptions,
After being traded to San Francisco in October and taking over as the 49ers’ starter a month later, Garoppolo led a 1-10 team to five consecutive victories to close out the 2017 season. His presence alone makes the Niners a threat to contend for a playoff spot in 2018.
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