That's $27.5 million annually, topping the $27 million per year that Stafford got last offseason.
While both starts resulted in wins, Garoppolo's true potential was not unveiled until the 26-year-old landed in San Francisco by way of a trade with New England midway through the 2017 season. After watching Brian Hoyer and rookie C.J.
The $27.5 million per year average is the highest in the history of the NFL.
Wentz's recovery from knee surgery will be closely watched this off-season just like Aaron Rodgers' repaired collarbone in Green Bay and DeShaun Watson's torn ACL in Houston.
For his part, Garoppolo mostly played coy when asked about contract negotiations, but he repeatedly referred to the Niners in an inclusive way on multiple occasions.
The contract, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, is a massive one.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With seven starts to his name after sitting behind an National Football League legend for the better part of three years, a promising young quarterback once earned a lucrative contract extension without much of a sample size. That average annual value is massive, and it will set the market for contract deals moving forward. Garopppolo will also earn $74 million in guaranteed money.
The opportunity to go from a top-10 draft pick in 2017 to a playoff team in 2018 is there.
Now that we know San Francisco has committed this much money to a quarterback, is he worth it?
Even though Garoppolo started just five games a year ago, those games were extremely exciting for the team, the front office, and the fans.
Tom Brady's former back-up quarterback will now have a higher salary than him. At age 40, Brady was named the NFL's MVP. If you're looking for a sign of improvement from year-to-year, you'd rather see a good performance with a touchdown rate that could get better rather than a season inflated by a high one that's not sustainable.