San Francisco, who ran off five straight wins to end their 2017 National Football League campaign, finally has the long-term fix to their starting quarterback conundrum since Colin Kaepernick went belly-up.
For now, let's take a look at a three-round mock draft that could impact the 49ers in 2018 and beyond, and how they can surround Jimmy Garoppolo with the best team possible. Now, his salary has several zeroes to match the one in his career loss column.
Instead, Lynch showed just how much he and the 49ers believe in Garoppolo, signing him to a record five-year deal worth $137.5 million.
Garoppolo's deal undoubtedly caused jaws to drop because he became the NFL's highest-paid player.
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But any team talking with Cousins is going to be in the same situation, so it seems realistic that the Garoppolo deal will be the starting point for any discussions between Cousins and his potential suitors.
There was no way the Niners could afford to lose Garoppolo, making it inevitable he would be re-signed to a long-term deal before hitting free agency or being franchise-tagged.
Garoppolo was already expected to be well-paid after reaching the end of his rookie contract, but few expected the 49ers to make him the highest-paid player in the league.
Garoppolo's contract exceeds that amount by half a million per season. Garoppolo made a name for himself when he started the first two games in relief of a suspended Tom Brady. So how does that impact free agent and Denver Broncos target Kirk Cousins?
San Francisco defensive end/linebacker is also slated to receive the same bonus after appearing in nine games with the Patriots before the Niners claimed him on waivers late in the season. No team would want to trade for Cousins without him agreeing to a new contract as part of the deal.