The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo are reportedly closing in on a multi-year contract extension.
The sides have gained significant momentum and a contract agreement could get accomplished in the ”near future,” reported the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, citing sources informed of the situation.
The 49ers acquired free-agent-to-be Garoppolo in an October 30 trade with the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick. The 49ers would place the franchise tag on Garoppolo if no long-term contract is reached. The franchise tag would guarantee Garoppolo a one-year contract worth more than $23 million.
“We want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said shortly after the season ended. “And that process is going to take place here and we’re eager to get that done – to have the opportunity. But one thing we believe, those things should take place between us and his representatives and not occur and transpire in the public. That’s the way we’re going to treat that.
“But 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.”
The 49ers took a 1-10 record into Garoppolo’s first start with the club on Dec. 3 against the Chicago Bears. The 49ers went 5-0 with Garoppolo as the starter, reeling off victories to conclude the season over Chicago, Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams.
Garoppolo, 26, completed 120 of 178 pass attempts (67.4 percent) for 1,560 yards with seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 96.2 for the 49ers.