Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Jimmy Garoppolo is the Highest-Paid NFL Player With New Deal

The 49ers gave him a five year, at $27.5 million per year, deal.

Jimmy Garoppolo is now the highest-paid player in the NFL after the San Francisco 49ers offered him a five-year, $137.5 million deal, $74 million which is guaranteed. Garoppolo, 26, was in the final year of his rookie contract when he was traded by the New England Patriots in October to the 49ers for a second-round draft pick. Garoppolo spent some time on the sideline and then took over as a starter for the last five games of the year. He led the 49ers to a 5-0 record over the span with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. However, the highest-paid player in the league has had just seven career starts and 12 touchdowns over four years. This is a coup for Garoppolo and his agent, Don Yee.

The $27.5 million per year average tops the $27 million average that Matthew Stafford received in a new contract extension from the Detroit Lions back in 2017, writes SB Nation. However, it is most likely that this average will be toppled by whatever contract free agent Kirk Cousins can nab, and the deal that Aaron Rodgers is expected to get from the Green Bay Packers.

The 49ers are clearly placing all their bets on their 26-year-old quarterback.

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