The San Francisco 49ers stabilized their quarterback position for the next several seasons on Thursday morning after inking Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million deal. Agents make that crap up all the time.
Under that scenario, the 49ers would have placed the franchise tag on Garoppolo, a commitment to pay him $23.5 million for the 2018 season, and continued negotiating a long-term deal into this offseason. Flacco earned a contract thanks to a historic playoff run and potential - Much like Garoppolo is getting now, albeit without the historic playoff run and Super Bowl MVP. So, while he overtakes Matthew Stafford as the highest paid player in the league, Stafford received more guaranteed money ($92 million) as did Andrew Luck ($87 million).
Personally, I don't know how they would construct such a deal, but that would put Cousins among the highest paid players ever, and it would put him among the quarterbacks to receive the highest guarantees up front in a contract ever. Garoppolo completed 67.4% of his passes for 1,560 yards last season, and the team went 5-0 in games that he started. Just wait until the Packers have to re-sign Aaron Rodgers. Garoppolo is guaranteed $74 million, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, but his contract is set to be dwarfed by Kirk Cousins when the Washington Redskins quarterback hits free agency. It's a five-year deal worth $137.5 million. Any team trading for him would still have to reach a new contract deal beforehand.
The 49ers do have a few pieces to acquire and tweak, but once the quarterback situation is figured out, the rest can happen much easier than without a quarterback. Of course, we all know that the only thing that matters with National Football League contracts is guaranteed money, so seeing the guaranteed numbers for the Garoppolo deal will be big for Cousins.
Some might argue the 49ers are already a good team with Garoppolo at the helm.
With this move, it is clear San Francisco is putting all of its trust in Garoppolo.
Garoppolo's former teammate, Tom Brady, has a salary that averages $20.5 million a year.
After the 2016 season, the 49ers hired Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, and they quickly tried to trade for Garoppolo.
A dozen other teams will either jockey for their next star or dole out big bucks to keep the one they have. He has thrown 99 touchdowns against 55 interceptions. Nobody in recent history has enjoyed a better tutelage, getting nearly four seasons of sitting in a meeting room with Tom Brady.
"They say, would you consider staying if we did this?"