49ers set to make huge financial commitment to Garoppolo


49ers set to make huge financial commitment to Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo is well on his way to making his private quarterbacks coach look like a prophet.

And in the process, Garoppolo, himself, is virtually assured of making a healthy profit with his salaries in 2018 and beyond.

Former NFL quarterback Jeff Christensen has been working with Garoppolo on his mechanics from the time he was entering his junior season at Rolling Meadows High School, near Garoppolo's home in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Christensen explained on The 49ers Insider Podcast why he said what he said to a young Garoppolo.

“When he was a senior in high school, I said, ‘If you keep this up, you’re going to make a lot of money playing football in the NFL, son.’ And Tony (Garoppolo’s dad) would kind of, ‘Oh, don’t say that.’

“Then, in his sophomore year in college (at Eastern Illinois), I said, ‘You’re going to make $100 million.’ “

Christensen said he was driven to make such a bold projection based on a lot more than just Garoppolo’s footwork and quick release.

“I know the mechanics are going to get better as he takes more reps...The other components, the moxy and the drive and the expectation of being great, that’s why I said it,” said Christensen, who runs "Throw It Deep," an academy for quarterbacks and wide receivers.

“The interesting part is when I said it to him, he said, ‘Well, that’s what we’re trying to do here, right?’ And it was serious. It was a serious comment. And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘All right, let’s get to work.’”

Garoppolo will make approximately $3.5 million over his initial four-year contract, which expires at the end of the season. If the 49ers and Garoppolo do not work out a long-term contract extension before the start of free agency in March, the 49ers have no other realistic option but to tag him as their franchise player at a price tag of more than $20 million for one season.

“I’m very content and happy with what we have now, but that’s the thing that’s good for both of us,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said last week. “We’re not trying to figure out some long-term thing right now which I think is fair to him and fair to us. We’ll see how this goes. I think we’re all in a pretty good situation.”

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR


Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation


Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.