The Faithful won’t be holding their breath much longer, as it looks like the 49ers are zeroing in on a contract extension with promising young quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. A day after breaking news that talks between the 49ers and Garoppolo have gained “significant momentum” on Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport expounded on his report with Murph & Mac Monday morning, claiming that an extension is imminent.
“I think it’s getting pretty close to getting done,” Rapoport said. “You know, barring some sort of negotiating snag, I would expect this in a couple days, pretty close. I don’t think they’re at a point where they’ve reached an agreement, but it sounds like it’s getting there. A multi-year deal, lucrative, big money, top quarterback money. I’m not sure it’s gonna be Derek Carr, but I would imagine it’s gonna be right around there.
Last June, Derek Carr signed a monstrous five-year contract extension with the Oakland Raiders, worth $125 million.
Although that extension has yet to pay off as Carr dealt with injuries that derailed the Raiders’ season, Garoppolo has given the 49ers no reason why he isn’t worthy of a contract of that size. Garoppolo is undefeated in the first seven starts of his career, and his presence turned the 49ers around to a 6-10 season that finished on a much higher note than the record would imply.
”From what it sounds like, too — negotiations are hard — this does not seem like it was a hard one,” Rapoport said. “And I think part of that is because everybody wants the same thing in this case.”
To listen to the full interview check out the podcast below, and skip to 6:40 for Rapoport on Garoppolo.