Jimmy Garoppolo is sitting at home during this year's playoffs, but he's still getting paid.
For the first time in his pro career, Garoppolo will miss out on the postseason, yet if the Patriots stay alive -- as they did Saturday night in the Divisional Round against the Titans -- he'll watch his bank account get a little boost.
As Joel Corry pointed out on CBSSports.com earlier this month, if the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Garoppolo will pull in $163,000 even though he's now with the Niners. Because Garoppolo was with the Patriots for eight games before being traded to the NFC, he's eligible for a full playoff share. (That means former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh, nine games with the Patriots before being released, is also eligible.)
When the Patriots beat the Titans, Garoppolo picked up an extra $51,000 paid to players whose teams make the conference title game. If the Patriots get to the Super Bowl and win, Garoppolo will get $112,000. If they get to Minnesota and lose, he'll still make $56,000.
Sure, it won't be the kind of bump he receives this offseason. But for watching the games on TV? Not a bad gig if you can get it.