Jimmy Garoppolo to sign $137 million contract and become the highest-paid player in the NFL after 5 breakout games

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  • Jimmy Garoppolo has agreed to a five year, $US137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple reports.
  • The contract makes him the highest paid player in the NFL on a per-year basis, earning the former backup quarterback $US27.5 million annually.
  • Garoppolo went 5-0 in his abridged stint with the 49ers last season, and will head into 2018 as a starter for the first time.

Jimmy Garoppolo is set to become the highest-paid player in the NFL after agreeing to a massive deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Garoppolo has agreed to terms on a five-year, $US137.5 million contract, according to multiple reports. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo first reported the deal.

The contract makes Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL history in terms of average salary, at $US27.5 million annually. That would top the $US27 million per-year extension that Matthew Stafford reached with the Detroit Lions in 2017. The deal also includes $US74 million in guaranteed money, the third-highest ever, and $US90 million in the first three seasons, an NFL record.

The 26 year old quarterback is undefeated in seven NFL starts, including leading the 49ers to five straight wins to close their 2017 campaign. That run came after the 49ers started the season a dismal 1-10. After years of backing up Tom Brady in New England, Garoppolo is finally getting paid like a starter, and will likely remain in San Francisco for some time.

It’s unlikely that Garoppolo remains the highest paid player for long though – there’s a good chance that Kirk Cousins venture into free agency yields him similar if not greater profits, and the Green Bay Packers will likely give quarterback Aaron Rodgers an impressive extension before the offseason is over.

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