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Report: 49ers sign new franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 5-year contract

Niners Wire logo Niners Wire 2/8/2018 Chris Biderman

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The 49ers have signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year contract, completing their most important task of the offseason, according to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The deal is expected to pay San Francisco's new franchise quarterback $27.5 million per season, a new record.

Garoppolo, 26, was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots Oct. 31 for a second-round draft pick after backing up Tom Brady since he was drafted out of Eastern Illinois in 2014. He's 7-0 in his career as a starter.

San Francisco won all five games Garoppolo started after beginning the season 1-10. Garoppolo completed 67.1 percent of his passes while averaging 308.4 yards with a 94.0 quarterback rating in his starts. Those numbers paced out to an entire season would have ranked, fifth, first and 12th among NFL starters, respectively. He led two fourth-quarter comebacks against the Bears and Titans and beat three teams that appeared in the playoffs.

With Garoppolo, the 49ers increased their scoring from 17.0 points per game (28th) to 28.5 (fifth). Their total yardage went from 21st to third in the NFL.

The 49ers were expected to have over $100 million in salary cap space when the new league year begins in March before signing their new franchise quarterback to a long-term agreement.

Getting Garoppolo's deal done allows Lynch and second-year coach Kyle Shanahan to focus on upgrading the rest of the roster to make a run at the postseason in 2018. They have the financial resources to be aggressive in free agency and nine picks in the NFL draft. San Francisco last made the playoffs in 2013.

More to come.

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