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Jimmy G is highest paid player in NFL, yet still ridiculously underpaid

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Jimmy G is highest paid player in NFL, yet still ridiculously underpaid

Jimmy Garoppolo’s new contract with the San Francisco 49ers is still warm from the photocopying, but we know this much already.

He is ridiculously underpaid.

We know this because nobody has called Jed York an idiot lately, or booked a plane to fly over Levi’s Stadium for September 9. And that alone is worth every single dime York can pay.

As Comrade Maiocco reported, Garoppolo can make $137.5 over five years, with $74 million guaranteed.

The 49er Paradigm in the post-championship era has been reduced to a simple mantra: Unless the team does well, the owner is called a dope, and when the owner is called a dope, the fan base doesn’t boo. It stays away, and with it all the commercial opportunities that being the hot item on the menu can bear. And when the 49ers are the thing, the engines can’t run hot enough to sort all the C-notes.

Plus, Jed didn’t receive control of the team from his mother to be made to look ridiculous (courtesy Jack Woltz, The Godfather). Being savaged by a monomaniacal fan base is a serious drag for any budding billionaire, and most will spend what must be spent to make that noise stop.

Garoppolo makes that noise stop, at least until further notice. I remind all of you that for every Nick Foles, who can makes parades happen, there is an Andrew Luck, who is in his second full year of scaring the Indianapolis Colts to death.

So, until further notice it is. Still, for right now, Garoppolo gives the 49ers an emotional and commercial energy it lost in the ashes of the Harbaugh Disaster, and before that in the Post-Mariucci Era. The 49ers are 192-194 since their last Super Bowl victory, and that monument to mediocrity has been achieved with bursts of superb football and equal bursts of dreadful football, as in only five of those 23 seasons have had a record within a win or loss of .500.

Thus, it’s been banquets or bottom feeding in San Francisco, and in every low moment, a York has been blamed. Garoppolo has changed that, which is why even with a sample size as small as his, he is worth every dollar and cent, Bitcoin and Groupon. He makes the 49ers worthy of your attention, and that means you’re not paying attention to Jedediah The Earnest.

Now how can he in good conscience lowball such a godsend in human form? I mean, especially now that he has watched Jeff Lurie on the parade float he thought he’d have in 2013.

And that, boys, girls and undecideds, is why Jimmy Garoppolo is underpaid no matter how much he gets. He generates business and thrills and national relevance merely by existing, and you can’t get a better gig than that.

49ers sign OL Laken Tomlinson to three-year extension

49ers sign OL Laken Tomlinson to three-year extension

Guard Laken Tomlinson appears to have wrapped up a starting position on the 49ers’ offensive line, as the club signed him to a three-year extension on Thursday.

Tomlinson, who started the final 15 games of last season at left guard, is now signed through the 2021 season, the 49ers announced.

“Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year’s season opener,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “This offseason, his hard work and dedication paid off as he continued to progress and performed at a high level. We were confident we could work out a contract extension with Laken and we are fired up to get that done before training camp.”

The 49ers acquired Tomlinson in a trade from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick shortly before the start of last season. The Lions selected Tomlinson with the No. 28 overall pick from Duke in 2015.

The 49ers did not pick up the fifth-year option on Tomlinson for the 2019 season, which would have cost $9.625 million. Instead, the 49ers and Tomlinson agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $18 million with $10 million guaranteed, reports the NFL Network.

Tomlinson, 26, started 24 of 30 games in his first two seasons with Detroit. He entered the 49ers’ starting lineup in Week 2 and every game for the remainder of the season.

The 49ers appear to have four starting positions set along the offensive line, with Tomlinson and tackle Joe Staley on the left side. Veteran center Weston Richburg is slated to start at center, while rookie Mike McGlinchey is settling in at right tackle.

Joshua Garnett, Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person will compete at right guard during training camp, which opens on July 25.

Rookie LB Fred Warner is setting the tone for 49ers, but he might be a little too loud

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Rookie LB Fred Warner is setting the tone for 49ers, but he might be a little too loud

When the 49ers selected inside linebacker Fred Warner of BYU in the third round of the draft, it was easy to see how he fit into the team's plan with the degree of uncertainty surrounding Reuben Foster.

While Foster remained away from the team’s offseason program for five weeks, Warner felt a need to get up to speed quickly if he was needed to be a starter for Week 1 of the regular season. Warner said he was determined to learn as quickly as possible at whatever position he lined up.

“They want consistency over a guy who can make a play here and there,” Warner said on The 49ers insider Podcast. “Because if you’re a liability and you’re out there missing assignments, stuff like that, that’s going to get you cut. You have to be able to retain this information very quickly and be able to produce on the field and put a good product out there. That’s the biggest thing.”

The 49ers consider the middle linebacker (mike) and weakside linebacker (will) positions as nearly interchangeable. The major difference is the mike position is the player who communicates in the huddle. Malcolm Smith is lining up with the first team at mike, while Foster is at will. Warner is leading the second team at mike.

Foster joined the 49ers’ offseason for the final four weeks after a judge dismissed two felony charges of domestic violence. Warner knew all about Foster, the player, before meeting him as a teammate.

“He’s a very physical player, and something I didn’t know about him that I know now, he’s probably the smartest guy in the room,” Warner said. “This dude has the memory of an elephant. He doesn’t have to write notes down. He just retains things very quickly. And I think that’s what allowed him to play at such a high level as a rookie last year, aside from his physical talent.”

Warner has also learned a lot from Smith, who played six NFL seasons before sitting out last year with a torn pectoral.

“We’ve worked after practice on man coverage on tight ends and running backs.,” Warner said. “Even though that might not be something we touch on in practice or a meeting, he just wants to touch on that with me because he said, ‘If you can do this, you can play on any team in the NFL.’ “

One of the few critiques of the rookie during the offseason program is that Warner, who said he was a quiet kid as a youngster, has been a little too loud.

“He’s very smart and he plays like it on the field,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during the first week of OTAs. “He doesn’t hesitate. He’s a rookie out there, but he’s calling the plays maybe even too loud because I can hear him from the offensive side. But, he doesn’t mind speaking up. He’s confident in what he’s doing.”

Warner said he wanted to win the confidence of his teammates, so that might have contributed to his increased decibel level.

“I want to make sure that when I get in that huddle and I’m talking to these guys, that they know that I know what I’m doing and I’m ready to go,” Warner said. “I’m the one who’s going to set the tone in the huddle before the play even happens.”