Friday was a big day for the future of the San Francisco 49ers organization, and an even bigger day for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers held a press conference to make official Garoppolo’s long-term deal of five-years, $137.5 million, locking up the franchise quarterback Kyle Shanahan was hired to acquire at this time last year.
For the first time, Garoppolo joined Gary & Larry on KNBR shortly after his presser, and revealed that since his deal was reported on Wednesday, Garoppolo has already heard from multiple players looking to come join the 49ers in 2018
“I mean that’s kind’ve how this thing goes,” Garoppolo said of players contacting him. “Guys reaching out to guys more than coaches and executives really. I’ve had — just in the last 48 hours to be honest — texts, I’ve had messages from guys and they’re excited about it. Why wouldn’t you want to be here? It’s gorgeous outside year around. We’re a young, upcoming team with a phenomenal coaching staff. It’s an exciting time out here in the Bay Area, and hopefully a lot of guys want to experience that, too.”
After finishing the season 5-0 with Jimmy G under center, the 49ers enter the offseason with the third most cap room in the NFL, and are projected to make a number of signings in free agency to fill the remaining holes on their roster. It looks like inking Garopoolo to a long term deal is already making that task much easier.
During the presser, Garoppolo stressed that once the offseason began, he knew San Francisco was where he wanted to be long term.
“Personally, I knew I wanted to be here and I think it got figured out fairly quickly,” Garoppolo said. “I’m really happy the way it worked out, and I’m glad to be here now.”
Listen to the full interview below. To hear Jimmy on players reaching out to him, skip to 6:00.