Jimmy Garoppolo could have waited and cashed in even more than he did after other quarterbacks re-set the market.
The San Francisco 49ers could have used a franchise tag instead of making a long-term commitment to make sure Garoppolo was worth a hefty investment after only seven NFL starts.
But both sides wanted this resolved quickly, and did so with a contract that will pay Garoppolo a record $27.5 million per season over the next five years.
"This is where I want to be, honestly," Garoppolo said at a news conference Friday. "I wanted to get this deal done as fast as possible. It will only help our team going forward going into free agency. ... I...