It has been pretty humorous to see fans and media members make a big deal about Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract status with the 49ers.
Is a five-game sample size enough for John Lynch to pull up the Brinks truck and hand the whiz-kid a 7-year contract in the range of $60-70 million? Why is this deal taking so long to come to fruition?
Contract negotiations are a complicated, delicate process and take time to get done, especially when Alex Smith is at the latter stage of his career and somehow commanding a guaranteed $70 million.
But my thing is why is this such a pressing issue for everybody? Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. He’ll be the Niners’ starting quarterback in 2018, 2019 and for many years to come barring injury.
My point is, it’s okay if the 49ers franchise tag Garoppolo. Either way, he’ll be a rich man in remaining in Santa Clara. Everyone can win.
I get it, Garoppolo has captivated a disgruntled fan base, infusing hope for the future. He has a 5-0 record as their starting quarterback, and Lynch assured the Faithful that signing Jimmy G to a long-term deal was the GM’s top priority this offseason.
Again, it flatly doesn’t matter when this deal gets done.
Are you worried this situation is evolving like the one in Washington with Kirk Cousins? You shouldn’t. The 49ers front office is light years ahead of the professional football team in D.C. in terms of structure, stability and communication.
Lynch is building this team brick-by-brick and Garoppolo has a golden chance to become the next great signal-caller with a franchise with a rich history at quarterback.
You think Garoppolo is stressing out about this? I assure you he isn’t. It isn’t in his nature and he’s going to net around $24 million at a minimum.
Also, this deal isn’t holding the rest of the franchise hostage. Lynch, Kyle Shanahan, and the entire scouting department are breaking down the upcoming offseason, watching film on the upcoming crop of free agents, as well as setting up their draft board.
This group is capable of doing more than one thing at once and, trust me, the 49ers are working on improving the roster. Fortunately, they’ll do that with the second-most cap space in the NFL.
The Garoppolo deal may get done today, tomorrow, next week or next month, and it doesn’t matter because when the 49ers take the field in 2018, he will be the starting quarterback and he will get paid. Whether it’s a long-term deal via the franchise tag placed on him, he’ll be here.
And that’s all that should matter to the Faithful right now.
Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game can be heard from 12-3 on the Greg Papa Show. Born and bred in San Francisco, he is a sports junkie who loves to sit in the lab (home), eats breakfast food for dinner, and has a newfound love for tequila. Follow at your own risk on Twitter @BontaHill.