Last Updated: 2018-02-08
It didn’t take long for the San Francisco 49ers to embrace the idea of having Jimmy Garoppolo as their franchise quarterback. After just seven career starts, Garoppolo signed a five-year $137.5 million extension on Thursday.
Garoppolo started (2-0) during the 2016-17 season with the New England Patriots. He replaced Tom Brady during a four-game suspension. However, an injury left Garoppolo unable to play the final two games of Brady’s suspension. As a result, we only saw a glimpse of what Garoppolo was capable of doing in a Patriots’ uniform. Still, it was enough for Brady and company to be wary of his potential replacement.
Instead of reaping the benefits of their 2014 draft selection, the Patriots traded Garoppolo to the 49ers early last season. He sat for a few weeks to learn the offense. However, once Garoppolo got a taste of action, the 49ers took off. He won the last five games of the season, and they realized this is their franchise quarterback.
Garoppolo completed 67% of his passes during his five-game stint with the 49ers. He threw for 1,560 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. More importantly they went 5-0 (4-1ATS) during his starts. These were his first turnovers of a short career. Yet, Garoppolo quickly started to master the offense. More importantly, the 49ers started winning games. Remember, they were (6-10) with Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard earning starting reps in the fall.
Due to the contract extension, Garoppolo will have the most pressure he’s ever faced in the NFL. Although he was replacing a legend in Brady a couple of seasons ago, this is an entirely different mission. The 49ers are a darkhorse to make the playoffs next year and Garoppolo will be a huge factor in how they perform offensively. Moreover, he is getting paid like a Top 10 quarterback in the NFL.
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