Sources – Jimmy Garoppolo agrees to restructured contract, will stay with San Francisco 49ers this season – ESPN

Sources - Jimmy Garoppolo agrees to restructured contract, will stay with San Francisco 49ers this season - ESPN

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After an offseason in which a divorce seemed all but certain, the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo staying together for one more season.

Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday that Garoppolo and the Niners agreed to a restructured one-year contract worth $6.5 million in fully guaranteed base salary. The new-look deal contains another total of $500,000 in roster bonuses and playing time bonuses that could boost it by another nearly $9 million for up to a total of $16 million if all bonuses are reached.

Garoppolo’s restructured contract also includes a no-trade and no-tag clause that ensures Garoppolo will serve as a backup to. Trey Lance this season and will then be able to explore unrestricted free agency in 2023.

A source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Garoppolo and the 49ers discussed the possibility of waiving the no-trade clause if something develops and the 49ers can receive compensation, but Garoppolo wanted to help the team and wanted to play again this season with his teammates. .

Depending on how it’s structured, Garoppolo’s 2022 salary cap hit will end up being somewhere between $18 million to $19 million less than the $26.9 million it was previously slated to cost.

The idea of ​​Garoppolo remaining with the Niners became more of a possibility after an offseason and training camp in which the Niners were unable to find a trade partner for him. Garoppolo had right shoulder surgery in March, which made trading him nearly impossible, and by the time he started throwing again in late June, most quarterback-needy teams had already gone the other way.

When training camp opened on July 26, Garoppolo reported on time and passed his physical, but he did not participate in practice or participate in meetings and had not yet been issued a 49ers iPad with the playbook on it.

While the Niners practiced, Garoppolo spent his time on the sidelines continuing the prescribed throwing program for his shoulder rehabilitation.

Through it all, the Niners indicated that keeping Garoppolo at his previous cost was something they could do, even though it was always unlikely. But bringing him back at a reduced cost always seemed like a logical option if no trade could be completed.

On August 23, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan again reiterated that no situation has been ruled out when it comes to Garoppolo.

Now, the Niners have one of the most expensive backup quarterbacks in the league but also one who knows the offense and was at the center of a trip to Super Bowl LIV and last year’s run to the NFC Championship Game.

That’s no small thing given the team’s lack of success with backup quarterbacks under Shanahan. The Niners were 1-1 in two Lance starts last year but he also dealt with thumb and knee injuries that hampered his rookie season.

In games started by quarterbacks other than Garoppolo since Shanahan’s arrival in 2017, the Niners are 8-28. They are 35-16 with Garoppolo at the controls.

That .673 winning percentage was the fifth best of all starting quarterbacks in the NFL with at least 10 starts at that time. In 52 games with the Niners (including playoffs), Garoppolo threw for 12,124 yards (eighth most in franchise history) while completing 67.1% of his attempts (eighth in the NFL in that span) with an average of 8.33 yards per attempt (first ). in the NFL at that time among qualified starters).

Despite that success, Garoppolo also struggled with injuries and interceptions. From 2018 to 2021, he missed 25 starts due to knee, ankle, calf and thumb injuries. His 44 interceptions since taking over as the starter near the end of 2017 are tied for 12th most in the league and his 1.59 touchdown to interception ratio is 32nd.

Through all of the offseason speculation, the Niners insisted they weren’t just parting ways with Garoppolo for nothing. They also appreciated how he handled a strange situation in 2021.

Now, Garoppolo will be asked to once again handle a potentially awkward situation with aplomb as he switches roles with Lance.

“I think Jimmy Garoppolo deserves a lot of credit for the way he handled the situation,” general manager John Lynch said after the season. “The way he not only competed, the competition brings out the best in everyone, it certainly did with Jimmy, but the way he also welcomed Trey and helped him along the way, it was a really beautiful thing to see. And I think. it speaks volumes to whom he is.”

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