The San Francisco 49ers have locked up their quarterback of the present and future.
The 49ers' trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was one of the best NFL moves of the 2017 season. Jimmy G played in six games and went undefeated in his five starts, helping San Francisco finish 6-10 after an 0-9 start.
Garoppolo played the season on the final year of his rookie contract. There was a chance the 49ers would have to use the franchise tag on him if they couldn't get a deal done.
It was expected that San Francisco would do everything it could to lock up Garoppolo long-term this offseason. It was also expected that it would cost them serious money to do so.
Now we know just how much. The 49ers have made the 26-year-old signal caller the highest-paid player in NFL history on an average-per-year basis.
According to reports, Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract. His deal surpasses the five-year, $135 million contract Matt Stafford signed in August.
Here is a look at quarterback salaries around the NFL.
With this move, it is clear San Francisco is putting all of its trust in Garoppolo. Now the key is surrounding him with more talent and hoping he delivers on his considerable promise.
With Garoppolo commanding this much money, and QB salaries continuously rising, it will only be a matter of time before someone else becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The $30 million per-year threshold will be crossed sooner rather than later.