Jimmy Garoppolo finally has a new home. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has signed with the Las Vegas Raiders on a three-year, $67,5 million deal with $34 million guaranteed. The move reunites him with Josh McDaniels, his former offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.
The veteran was one of the most sought-after free agents in the league due to his quality and the many opportunities available for quarterbacks for the 2023 season. His deal with the Raiders feels a little bit low, but one must remember that Las Vegas has a lot of star players on big contracts.
His durability also had the team going for a medium-term deal, as he has suffered with injuries during most of his seasons in San Francisco. He could not play in the 2022 playoffs due to injury and lost the confidence of head coach Kyle Shanahan due to his recurring injury problems.
How much will Jimmy Garoppolo earn with the Raiders?
He has a $67,5 million deal divided over three years at an average of $22,5 million per year. $34 million is guaranteed.
This is one of the smallest averages per year of any starting quarterback in the league. But it's not surprising to see the value as he chose familiarity with McDaniels instead of other possible destinations, such as Houston or New York (with the Jets).
How much did Jimmy Garoppolo earn with the 49ers?
His salary for the 2022 season was set at $7 million for a one-year contract following a restructuring to keep him as Trey Lance's backup. He had signed a previous five-year, $137,5 million contract with the franchise following a trade from the New England Patriots.
Why did Jimmy Garoppolo leave the 49ers?
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch wanted to get a quarterback that had a stronger arm and could add value as a runner. This is why they traded so many picks to move up in the 2021 NFL Draft and pick Trey Lance out of North Dakota State.
Garoppolo was kept for another year as Lance's backup and returned to the starter job once the second-year quarterback was out with an injury. But Jimmy G also injured himself and saw Brock Purdy lead the team until the end of the season.