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49ers make Jimmy Garoppolo highest paid player in NFL history

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And had things fallen a bit differently in the 2014 draft, he could have been a Raider. Crazy.

San Francisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams

A year after the Raiders made Derek Carr the highest paid player in NFL history, the next quarterback taken in that same draft takes the mantle. The 49ers have signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a 5-year, $137.5 million deal according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo who apparently got the scoop because their last names are practically the same.

Midway through last season the Patriots dealt Garoppolo to the 49ers for a 2nd round pick. After spending his first 3 12 seasons in the NFL as Tom Brady’s backup in New England, Garoppolo started the final five games for the one-win 49ers, going 5-0 while throwing 7 TD’s to 5 Int’s.

The promise he showed in those games was either going to lead to the franchise tag or a lucrative long term deal. It turned out to be the latter with the 49ers not wasting any time getting their franchise quarterback secured for the next five years.

And to think, had Derek Carr been selected before the Raiders pick at 36 overall, Garoppolo could very well be in Silver & Black instead of Red & Gold. Talk about a can’t lose situation.