San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo watched his former teammates lose to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on Sunday, in one of the best Super Bowl in recent years.
Next season, he will be trying to lead his current team to the Super Bowl after an impressive run as the starter this year.
Last season, the 49ers started 0-9, and looked like they would be battling with the Cleveland Browns for the top pick in the NFL Draft. However, things changed when Garoppolo was inserted in the lineup, and he led the 49ers to a 5-0 finish to the year, bringing optimism to a fan base that was resigned to watching their team suck for a few more years.
Next season, the San Francisco fans will be excited about their chances because 49ers odds improve with Garoppolo. The team is now considered one of the favorites to emerge from the NFC, especially after the Eagles made a Super Bowl run after an 8-8 campaign last year.
Even with Garoppolo leading the team to five consecutive wins at the end of last season the 49ers still earned the ninth pick in the upcoming draft, which puts them in a great position. If they hadn’t traded for Garoppolo, they would have had a higher pick and used it on a quarterback.
Now that they already have their franchise quarterback, they can use the ninth pick on a player that can help them fill one of the holes that they have. The team can also decide to trade down for multiple pick and use those picks to improve their roster.
The biggest question surrounding the 49ers now is signing Garoppolo to a long term contract. One of the reasons Garoppolo was traded by the Patriots is the fact that they knew they wouldn’t be able to meet his contract demands with Tom Brady still on the team.
Garoppolo, who has been sitting behind Brady for the last three seasons, wanted to become the team’s starter, but with Brady planning on playing into his mid-40s, there wasn’t a chance he would get significant playing time unless Brady got injured.
Since Brady won five Super Bowls for the franchise, Robert Kraft wasn’t going to release or trade him, which made Garoppolo the expendable player.
Things certainly worked out for Garoppolo, who is the undisputed starter in San Francisco heading into next season.
The 49ers and Garoppolo are currently working on a new deal that will likely make Garoppolo one of the highest paid players in the NFL.
While he was scouting players at the Senior Bowl, general manager John Lynch said negotiations were going in the right direction.
Lynch added that while it is difficult to find a franchise quarterback, he believes that the team has finally found one and he is making sure that they do whatever they have to do to get a new deal done.
If the 49ers can’t come to terms with Garoppolo, they will use their franchise tag to sign him to a one-year contract in hopes of coming to a long-term deal. However, the team is hoping to avoid having to use the tag on Garoppolo because they want to make sure they have stability at the position for years to come.