NFL Network’s, Ian Rapoport went on the air with KNBR’s Murph and Mac show this morning to discuss what he sees as significant movement in the 49ers-Jimmy Garoppolo contract negotiations.
The 49ers front office has not allowed much to escape the confines of 4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way since GM John Lynch took the reigns last February. It’s been a welcome change from the previous regime leaking information to the media on what seemed like a daily basis.
Lynch has been adamant about conducting business in-house and having it stay there, perhaps not on a Belichickian level, but close to it. That’s why when something does reach the reach the public stage pundits and fans alike take notice.
When asked if a long-term contract between the 49ers and Garoppolo was close being agreed upon, Rapoport had this to say. “Yeah, I think a deal is getting close to being done. Barring some kind of negotiating snag, I would expect this… in a couple of days. I don’t think they’re at the point where they’ve reached an agreement, but it sounds like they’re getting there”
Rapoport went on to say that he sees it as a multi-year, lucrative contract. That he’s not sure it’s going to be on the same level as Oakland Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr’s contract (5-years $125 million) but that it will be “right around there”.
If this is to be believed the contract will make Garoppolo one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Which, once it’s signed will signal the time for the real work or returning the 49ers to the upper echelon of the elite teams in the league to begin.