John Lynch: We want Jimmy Garoppolo to be a Niner for a long time

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Jimmy Garoppolo is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason, but he is not going anywhere. Despite a small sample size — five successful starts — the 49ers are sold on Garoppolo as their franchise quarterback.

“We want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time,” 49ers General Manager John Lynch said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “That process is going to take place here, and we’re eager to get that done — to have the opportunity.”

The 49ers will seek to reach a long-term agreement with Garoppolo before March 6, but if not, San Francisco will use the franchise tag on him at more than $22 million to retain his rights.

Lynch gushed about Garoppolo, who went 5-0 as a starter after the 49ers made the trade with the Patriots for him on Oct. 31. Garoppolo completed 67.4 percent of his passes, averaged 308.4 yards passing per game and threw seven touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 96.2.

“Jimmy was fabulous,” Lynch said. “He was great for us, and he made people around him better.”

Garoppolo said Monday he will meet with his agent, Don Yee, this week about their approach to contract talks.

“I really haven’t had a chance to think about it,” Garoppolo, 26, said. “I think the season just ended, you know. We have a long ways to go and everything. When we get those conversations started, we’ll go from there.”

43 responses to “John Lynch: We want Jimmy Garoppolo to be a Niner for a long time

  1. 43 year old Jimmy Garoppolo enters his 21st season as the long time 49ers backup.

    “Jimmy’s a fixture around here and he’s been a great source of support to all the starters we’ve had over the years….”.

  2. Jimmy gon’ get paid. Seems like a good kid, and literally has revitalized the entire Niners franchise and fan base. That’s not easy to do. It could happen to a far worse person.

  3. Its the fact that Jimmy G is a good QB but Little shanahan is a great play caller, the bootlegs, running plays. Dude made hoyer look decent in 2 seperate cities and made Matt Ryan look like montana last year and coaxed a great season out of RG3. Jimmy G’s about to get some serious “straight cash homie”

  4. thegreatgabbert says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    43 year old Jimmy Garoppolo enters his 21st season as the long time 49ers backup.

    “Jimmy’s a fixture around here and he’s been a great source of support to all the starters we’ve had over the years….”.
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    That’s rich, coming from a fan of Blaine Gabbert, who got benched for Colin Kaepernick.

  5. Niners will offer him $20MM/year for five years. But, he will take one for the team and sign with the Patriots for $6MM/year and a side contract to provide munchies for the training room for $35MM per year.

  6. Going to post this again
    All of you new Englanders complaining about Belichick and Garropolo need to remember/understand that he wanted to toss Brady after this year and Kraft blocked him.
    Belichick was the genius to see Brady’s opportunity cost after an 8th super bowl. And that bringing Garropolo at the helm is a genius move.

    Now Belichick is going to take flack as IF he dealt Jimmy G willingly. Not hard to understand

  7. mmack66 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    That’s rich, coming from a fan of Blaine Gabbert, who got benched for Colin Kaepernick.
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    And then Gabbert was benched for Drew Stanton…

  8. The 49ers lament passing on the local kid Tom Brady for Giovanni Carmazzi and a missing out on a possible 30 year dynasty. I wonder if the Patriots will have a similar regret in 10 years.

  9. Too much hype maybe? Jimmy has played well, but remember Houston’s enthusiasm for Brock Osweiler?

  10. Jacksonville should be the comparison for Jimmy. They have the option to pay Bortles
    19 million next year. They would have the cap room to offer Jimmy at least 26 mil per year instead of Bortles (comparable to Luck, Carr, Stafford) and with their defense we are looking at a potential dynasty. When state income taxes are taken into account San Fran would have to come in at least 30 mil per year to equal the Jags. If JImmy doesn’t get 30 mil fron San Fran he should play the franchise tag game. To take less would be malpractice on the part of his agent. No team friendly deals at this stage in his career.

  11. If Jimmy G doesn’t get very, very rich in the next few months, then his agent is an incompetent fool. Jimmy holds all the cards in SF, and the front office has already tipped their hand. Make a lot of money, Jimmy. NFL careers are short.

  12. This guy is legit, even tho he throws a decent amount of int, but he hits his passes at a high rate and is a gamer. He turned that ship around fast. Kind of wish the Jags had traded for him. If we ever ge a QB who can average throwing for over 300 yards in 5 straight games with almost 68% completion. Man that would be awesome.

  13. bleedingfacemask says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I think he knows that Lynch just tipped their hand for the negotiations, too…
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    Like it was some big secret before this statement?

  14. Gerald McCabe says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Too much hype maybe? Jimmy has played well, but remember Houston’s enthusiasm for Brock Osweiler?
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    Winning 5 games with the Patriots would be one thing, but winning 5 games straight with the second biggest dumpster fire in the NFL is something else entirely.

  15. stipez says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    Bury him under the weight of the largest contract ever, and handcuff the team as well. Let’s go Yee!
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    Praage Marathe is still with the team. He is the same guy who did the number crunching for the Kaepernick deal. The reason the 49ers haven’t been in cap hell or even near the cap since the early 2000s is because he knows how to legally work the cap. Like knows when to front or back load a deal.

  16. All of you new Englanders complaining about Belichick and Garropolo need to remember/understand that he wanted to toss Brady after this year and Kraft blocked him.
    Belichick was the genius to see Brady’s opportunity cost after an 8th super bowl. And that bringing Garropolo at the helm is a genius move.

    Now Belichick is going to take flack as IF he dealt Jimmy G willingly. Not hard to understand
    ___________________

    So Belichick wanted to send Brady packing and keep Jimmy G? You have knowledge that nobody else has!

  17. mzew233 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Going to post this again
    All of you new Englanders complaining about Belichick and Garropolo need to remember/understand that he wanted to toss Brady after this year and Kraft blocked him.
    ———————

    Why on earth do you think Kraft got involved in any decision by Belichick?

  18. NinersFan1973 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    He’s going to become the first QB with seven career starts to be paid like a top 5 QB.
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    How many starts did Osweiler have in Denver?

  19. mmack66 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    Gerald McCabe says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Too much hype maybe? Jimmy has played well, but remember Houston’s enthusiasm for Brock Osweiler?
    ———————–

    Winning 5 games with the Patriots would be one thing, but winning 5 games straight with the second biggest dumpster fire in the NFL is something else entirely.

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    Not the biggest dumpster fire in the NFL. There are some tough contenders out there. Top 3 at best, more likey top 5.

  20. danvilledan says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    If Bill Walsh was with NE He would have traded Brady. A year earlier rather than a year to late.
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    Probably not. Montana was coming off an injury. Brady is playing the best football of his career.
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    Now, if Brady were injured, and Garopollo took them to the Super Bowl and won it, then Brady might have been Bledsoed, though Brady will likely retire before playing somewhere else.

  21. Greenlargo says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Not the biggest dumpster fire in the NFL. There are some tough contenders out there. Top 3 at best, more likey top 5.
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    I said second biggest. The Browns, the biggest, are like that coal mine fire in Pennsylvania that has been burning for 50+ years, or the Cuyahoga River, that was so polluted, it caught on fire.

  22. redclaw1314 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm
    mmack66 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    All of you consistent posters here must A. Not have anyone in close within the organization or any of the players/Brady’s family.

    B. Must be too busy cheering on the GOAT/Deflategate/yelling about Harrison in comment sections to understand the Mathematics and pure ‘Belichickness’ — of wanting to cut Brady after his potential 8th Superbowl appearance and bring in a guy familiar with their system while Gronkowski, Edleman, Cooks, etc are still in his corps. If you cant comprehend opportunity cost, then you should be nowhere near coaching, which is why Belichick is who he is.
    Thats like betting Red on roulette, you hit a 4th time by suprise, then miraculously a 5th, then you ride it for a 6TH time and win. You move to black — you dont say ‘well, red has given us so much, after all weve been through, we’ll let red ride it out and retire even if it means losing’

    If any of you watch Belichick over the years, youll understand how players are IMMEDIATELY cut after opporunity cost arises. Brady’s Dad himself said he would not be suprised if Brady got cut at some point.

  23. mzew233 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    redclaw1314 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm
    mmack66 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    All of you consistent posters here must A. Not have anyone in close within the organization or any of the players/Brady’s family.

    B. Must be too busy cheering on the GOAT/Deflategate/yelling about Harrison in comment sections to understand the Mathematics and pure ‘Belichickness’ — of wanting to cut Brady after his potential 8th Superbowl appearance and bring in a guy familiar with their system while Gronkowski, Edleman, Cooks, etc are still in his corps. If you cant comprehend opportunity cost, then you should be nowhere near coaching, which is why Belichick is who he is.
    Thats like betting Red on roulette, you hit a 4th time by suprise, then miraculously a 5th, then you ride it for a 6TH time and win. You move to black — you dont say ‘well, red has given us so much, after all weve been through, we’ll let red ride it out and retire even if it means losing’

    If any of you watch Belichick over the years, youll understand how players are IMMEDIATELY cut after opporunity cost arises. Brady’s Dad himself said he would not be suprised if Brady got cut at some point.
    ————————

    I didn’t question whether or not Belichick would move on from Brady. What I questioned is whether Belichick would defer to Kraft about moving on from Brady.

    If Bill thought Jimmy gave them their best chance at winning in the future, then he would have kept him around.

    As for your betting analogy, Brady has been there since 2001 and has been a consistent winner that whole time, winning 2 of the last 3 Super Bowls. If you’re shooting craps, and are constantly hitting your point, you aren’t going to give up the dice and stop shooting.

    At some point in the near future, Brady is going to retire a Patriot, and all of this talk will be moot. If he wins the Super Bowl this year, it could happen then.

  24. JimmyG should make himself the highest paid QB. He’s the next Tom Brady. Or he could marry another super model like Gisele and get paid poorly.

  25. Jimmy this. Jimmy that. When it comes down to it he’s just another NFL player playing for a contract and when he gets it…..down hill

  26. mmack66 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    WRONG. Kraft could tell Belichick they needed to cut Gronkowski tomorrow, and he would be forced to. We are talking about a 6th Super Bowl 8th appearance from a guy.
    Garropolo PROBABLY will play better than tom next year and because you didn’t move on, he’s going to take the heat.

    Ask Vrabel, Moss, Harrison, Seymour, or even Brady Sr about sentimentalism. Not happening. Kraft ABSOLUTELY told him they could go 0-32 and Brady decides when he’s retiring.

  27. Good for Jimmy G. Looks like a Pro bowl caliber QB. Not a HOFer nearly, but really good. Pats did right by him by sending him to a half decent situation. But the “they should have traded Brady” argument is a null set. There’s no substance backing it up, not disputable.

  28. mzew233 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    WRONG. Kraft could tell Belichick they needed to cut Gronkowski tomorrow, and he would be forced to. We are talking about a 6th Super Bowl 8th appearance from a guy.
    Garropolo PROBABLY will play better than tom next year and because you didn’t move on, he’s going to take the heat.
    Ask Vrabel, Moss, Harrison, Seymour, or even Brady Sr about sentimentalism. Not happening. Kraft ABSOLUTELY told him they could go 0-32 and Brady decides when he’s retiring.
    ———————–

    Not sure when Bob Kraft turned into Jerry Jones and Bill Belichick turned into Jason Garrett, but I’m not buying it.

    I’m not understanding where keeping a top 3 quarterback is sentimentalism.

    Might, probably, and maybe doesn’t win football games.

  29. Wow Lynch, ya sound like that guy in school who having finally gotten his crush to give him the time of day, constantly tells the girl how beautiful and perfect she is. brags to the world about their future together and when the girl is asked about the guy she says something like, “oh it’s nothing serious. he’s really nice but he’s not my BOYfriend or anything!” ;’-|D}

    Niner fans better hope she/Gropelow doesn’t quickly get creeped out and jump to the nearest passing ship!

  30. Trading Brady and keeping Garoppolo may have been a smart long-term move, but it would have brought down the wrath of the football gods on the Patriots franchise. Complete Bad Karma. Brady is The Untouchable.

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