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49ers sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo to five-year deal

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49ers sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo to five-year deal

Update (5:25 p.m. PT): The 49ers announced they have officially signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year contract. See below for details.

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The 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed the first major achievement in assuring a union that lasts a “long, long time.”

Garoppolo is becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL, per a league source.

Garoppolo agreed Thursday to a five-year, $137.5 million contract with guarantees totaling $74 million, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo was first to report the total amount of the contract, and NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai was first to report the agreement. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Garoppolo is scheduled to be paid nearly $90 million over the first three years, the largest three-year cash total in the league.

The annual average pay of $27.5 million eclipses the previous-high contract of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who signed a deal in August  that averages $27 million a year.

The multi-year agreement was considered the top priority of the 49ers’ offseason under general manager John Lynch.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a blockbuster trade with the New England Patriots for just a second-round draft pick prior to the NFL trade deadline. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 to join his new organization.

At the end of the season, Lynch promised that signing Garoppolo to a long-term contract extension was a top offseason priority.

“You have our assurances – and the fans do – that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time,” Lynch said of Garoppolo.

Garoppolo, 26, a four-year veteran, spent his first three games with the 49ers on the sideline in a backup role to rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard. Garoppolo was elevated into the starting lineup on Dec. 3 against the Chicago Bears.

The 49ers went 5-0 with Garoppolo at quarterback. Including his two starts at the beginning of the 2016 season with the Patriots when Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension, Garoppolo is 7-0 as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

The 49ers’ offensive numbers skyrocketed in every statistical category with Garoppolo, who also was immediately recognized as a leader on the team.

Garoppolo completed 67.4 percent of his pass attempts for 1,560 yards with seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 96.2. His quick release was also instrumental in taking just eight sacks in five games.

Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars

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Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars

The 49ers are “not in” on trade activity involving Jacksonville Jaguars two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

The Jaguars are shopping Ramsey, who requested a trade, NFL Network reported Monday. Ramsey, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a heated sideline confrontation with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell reached out to all 31 other NFL teams to gauge the league-wide interest in acquiring Ramsey in a trade, according to a source.

The 49ers likely are not currently active in discussions to acquire Ramsey due to the level of compensation the Jaguars are seeking, as well as the price it would cost to sign Ramsey to a contract extension. Ramsey is scheduled to make $13.7 million in 2020 on the fifth-year option.

The 49ers are projected to be $27 million under the salary cap for the 2020 season, but the club has potential big-money extensions looming for defensive end DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle that could account for that cap cushion.

The 49ers do not have a second-round draft pick in 2020 after trading that pick in order to acquire Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason.

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The 49ers also appear to have better depth at cornerback than they have experienced in a while. Third-year player Ahkello Witherspoon has gotten off to a good start opposite of veteran Richard Sherman. Both players returned interceptions for touchdowns in the 49ers’ Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Moreover, veteran cornerback Jason Verrett is healthy but has not suited up for the 49ers’ first two games as the club went with backups Emmanuel Moseley and D.J. Reed because of the versatility each offers on special teams.

49ers' deep, talented group of pass rushers impresses Steelers' Mike Tomlin

49ers' deep, talented group of pass rushers impresses Steelers' Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has led his team to the playoffs in seven of his previous 12 seasons.

If he can somehow make it eight in 13 years, it likely will rank as his finest coaching achievement -- even for a man who has a Super Bowl ring.

“I do enjoy the challenges and the adversity that the game presents,” Tomlin said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “So from that standpoint, it does create a sense of urgency that’s a good fuel.”

The Steelers are 0-2, and they lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to season-ending elbow surgery. Second-year pro Mason Rudolph takes over as the Steelers’ starting quarterback, and he will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the 2-0 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

“From mental preparation standpoint, I think one of the reasons we have a great deal of comfort and he has a great deal of comfort is because he’s always approached each day as if he’s the starter and has brought that level of urgency to his preparation,” Tomlin said of Rudolph. “That’s just mental preparation, the process that he goes through on Monday and Tuesday in terms of laying the foundation.”

Rudolph and the Steelers have plenty to study this week as they prepare to face an invigorated 49ers defense that appears vastly improved from the unit that last season generated only seven takeaways, including two interceptions, in 16 games. Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon returned interceptions for touchdowns in the opening-week win over Tampa Bay.

“First of all, they’re creating a great deal of negativity on defense,” Tomlin said. “They’re getting turnovers and scoring points. Boy, that makes you a tough outfit to beat.”

The 49ers have already registered four interceptions. Robert Saleh's defense also has forced four fumbles, recovering one of them. In addition, the 49ers have rotated nine defensive linemen and generated seven quarterback sacks through two games.

“I just like they way they use a large number of people,” Tomlin said. “They got a great rotation and everybody’s productive and fresh and playing hard. That’s one of the key attributes of what they do systematically defensive. It’s no different than when we played Seattle a week ago, and they run a bunch of defensive linemen at you.

“The 4-3 teams that generate rush with those guys primarily have to play a lot of people, and they need all those guys to be productive in order to play great, and obviously they’re playing great at this point.”

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Six different 49ers defensive linemen have combined for the seven sacks, led by Arik Armstead with two in two games. Nick Bosa has one sack and has produced 10 quarterback pressures, which ranks tops among all NFL rookies, according to Pro Football Focus.

“He’s been in some good situations,” Tomlin said. “They’ve been in some good situations being up in their football games and his talents are able to show. I got a lot of respect for him as a rusher, and I have a lot of respect for them as rushers. Not only the talented individuals within the group, but how they work collectively together, Dee Ford, and everyone else.”