SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After a season where divorce seemed certain, the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo We have one more season together.
Garoppolo and the Niners agreed to a restructured one-year deal worth $6.5 million in a fully guaranteed base salary, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday. The new look contract includes a total of $500,000 in roster bonuses and playtime bonuses, which could increase the total to $16 million if all bonuses are reached, totaling $9 million.
Garoppolo’s restructured contract also includes a no-trade and no-tags clause, ensuring Garoppolo serves as the backup. Trey Lance This season, he can explore unrestricted free agency in 2023.
A source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Garoppolo and the 49ers discussed waiving the no-trade clause and the 49ers could seek compensation, but Garoppolo was willing to help the team and wanted to play with his teammates again this season. .
Depending on how it’s structured, Garoppolo’s salary cap number for 2022 could be $18 million to $19 million less than the $26.9 million it was previously pegged to cost.
The idea of Garoppolo staying with the Niners became possible after an offseason and training camp in which the Niners were unable to find a trade partner for him. Garoppolo underwent right shoulder surgery in March that made trading him nearly impossible, and by the time he started throwing again in late June, most quarterback-needy teams had already gone the other way.
When training camp opened on July 26, Garoppolo reported on time and passed his physical, but he did not participate in practice or attend meetings, and the 49ers iPad containing the playbook had not yet been issued.
When the Niners practiced, Garoppolo spent his time on the sidelines following a prescribed throwing program to rehabilitate his shoulder.
All in all, the Niners hinted that keeping Garoppolo at his former cost is something they can do, even if it’s not always possible. But bringing him back at low cost always seemed like a logical option.
On August 23, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan reiterated that no situation has been ruled out when Garoppolo returns.
Right now, the Niners have one of the most expensive backup quarterbacks in the league, but one who knows the offense and was under center for Super Bowl LIV and last year’s trip to the NFC Championship Game.
That’s in no small part due to the team’s lack of success with backup quarterbacks under Shanahan. The Niners went 1-1 in two Lance starts last year, but he also dealt with thumb and knee injuries that hampered his rookie season.
In games started by quarterbacks other than Garoppolo since Shanahan’s arrival in 2017, the Niners are 8-28. They’re 35-16 with Garoppolo in control.
That .673 winning percentage is fifth best among all starting quarterbacks in the NFL with at least 10 starts during that time. In 52 games with the Niners (including the playoffs), Garoppolo completed 67.1% of his attempts (eighth in the NFL over that span) for 12,124 yards (eighth in franchise history) for an average of 8.33 yards per attempt (first). among eligible starters in the NFL at the time).
Despite that success, Garoppolo struggled with injuries and interruptions. From 2018 to 2021, he missed 25 starts due to knee, ankle, calf and thumb injuries. His 44 interceptions since taking over as the starter at the end of 2017 ranks 12th in the league, and his 1.59 touchdown to interception ratio ranks 32nd.
Through all of the offseason speculation, the Niners insisted they would not part with Garoppolo for anything. They also appreciated how he handled a different situation in 2021.
Now, Garoppolo, as he switches roles with Lance, will once again be asked to brave a dire situation.
“I think Jimmy Garoppolo deserves a ton of credit because of the way he handled the situation,” general manager John Lynch said after the season. “Not just the way he competes, the competition brings out the best in everybody, and it certainly did with Jimmy, but the way he welcomed Trey and helped him along the way was great to see. And I think. That speaks to who he is.”