Well, there you go. The Niners avoided all the machinations of dissing a guy by franchising him, and went all in (and then some) on Jimmy Garoppolo. His contract extension calls for 5 years at a cool $27.5 mill per year for a total of $137.5 mill. This of course is the largest per-year deal in the NFL, but soon it will be passed by the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees. On a per year basis anyway. But that’s the bar as of now.

I got the years right anyway. I had it around $18 mill per. Horseshoes and hand grenades, amirite?

Anyhow, the 49ers have set themselves up early in this new season as at the least a dark horse candidate to make some playoff noise given that they have a lot of draft picks, and fairly high ones at that, they still have around $80+ million in cap space, and a new GM/HC combo that is working together like a well-oiled machine.

Got to be fairly exciting news. Can’t wait to see what they come up with in free agency. Wide receivers must be thinking “hmmm, not a bad spot to land.” The team in general looks like a great place to land. Selah is a respected DC and the team has a log of positives all of a sudden.

Bring it on.

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62 Responses to Wow!

  1. rob says:

    My thoughts exactly

    “Garoppolo’s deal undoubtedly caused jaws to drop because he became the NFL’s highest-paid player. That’s a title he probably won’t hold for long. Kirk Cousins is expected to be the centerpiece of a competitive bidding war as soon as he hits the open market in March. He could easily surpass Garoppolo’s deal a little more than a month from now.

    Also, both the Atlanta Falcons and, fittingly, the Packers, have made it clear that they intend to sign quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Rodgers to big-money contract extensions this offseason. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Seattle’s Russell Wilson could also be in line for new deals sooner than later. It’s not out of the question that Garoppolo’s deal will be surpassed multiple times before this offseason comes to a close.

    In the meantime, the Niners have put themselves in an ideal position. While we don’t yet know how Garoppolo’s contract breaks down, the Niners have well over $100 million in salary-cap space. If they wanted, they could easily put a huge cap number on Garoppolo in the first year of this deal and still not have it affect their ability to build around him.

    With the stability the Niners now have at head coach (Shanahan), general manager (John Lynch) and quarterback (Garoppolo), they are also now a more attractive destination for top free agents.”

    • Lurker John says:

      Well said, Rob. The free agent thing will be big this off season. Being able to attract the right guys is a great thing to have.

  2. rob says:

    Even blog whipping boy Paraag Marathe comes out of this one looking good !

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, hard to fault this move. Although I wouldn’t put it past Skeebers and his motley crue.

    Jed has finally figured out it is better to let others do the talking and to hang in the background writing checks.

    • Winder says:

      Jed is gonna make bank on ticket sales. From what I read it’s 74 mill guaranteed, I think he’s worth every penny, 49ers got a lot going for them right now. Just a fucking great move.

  4. Lurker John says:

    Jimmy G! Yesssss!

  5. Lurker John says:

    Per Lynch from earlier in the season, he speaks very highly of Paraag, says he’s very good at what he does, namely these types of negotiations and other personnel-related moves. It’s all about putting people in the best positions to excel, to maximize their talents. Jed is finally getting it, put good people in place, sign the checks then stay the hell out of the way! Give the man credit, he’s learning from his mistakes.

    I’m stoked!

  6. Lurker John says:

    Philly is having one hell of a victory parade. Gorgeous weather and wall-to-wall fans at the city center. Good for them! Hopefully, we can get one soon too!

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Let’s hope NJ is there represeenting the 49ers!

    We next!

  8. Flavor says:

    i couldn’t care less what they paid him, pay him more for all I care. They front loaded the deal, this allows future pending FA’s to sign for big $$$ too, and remember they were miles under the cap anyway–and still are. It’s just a gift from the football Gods that this guy fell into our lap like this….

    • Winder says:

      I feel the same way. Sometimes you just gotta pay the man. There is some real hope in the camp now.

  9. Flavor says:

    Where’s Dennis’ dopey ass? Shouldn’t Jimmy G finally shut his ass up about getting a QB?

  10. Lurker John says:

    I would love to add a 49ers victory parade to the two Giants’ parades I went to in 2010 and 2012. That would be a blast.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Oh, Dennis gets caught in the asshole filter. Nasty vile screeds. Sad that he lost his mind, or whatever went on.

  12. rob says:

    I haven’t heard from Dennis lately !

  13. Nipper says:

    Today is a bright day indeed. Niners came through big time.

  14. Berger says:

    I’ve made a change on who I want with our first pick if Quenton Nelson is not available. It’s LB Tremaine Edmonds. This is probably not my last change before the draft. Nelson will probably remain at #1.

    I know a lot of you like Barkley. I have no problem with that pick if that is what happens. I like the RB from SD St, Rashaad Penny, better because he is more versatile. We might be able to get Penny with a trade back or in Rd 2. Our coach loves versatility. He uses it well for mismatches. I believe we find more useful mismatches with Penny than Barkley. I also think Nelson helps our run game more than any RB.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, I really doubt Nelson makes it to 9 or 10 but you never know. I am not much of one for combine stats but sometimes a player will just stand out with how he approaches things. Tremaine Edmonds is only 19 years old so scouts and FO personnel are gonna have to feel this guy out to see if he can handle the lime light and money he is about to get. I can see a potential Aldon Smith syndrome because of maturity. But then again maybe not, maybe he is mature beyond his age. I would love to see us get Barkley.

      • Berger says:

        One thing we are not privy to is the interview process. It is a big deal. Somebody we like might change once we get to interview.

        Right now I just give the benefit of the doubt to our management team. Whoever they pick I’m sure I’ll be on board until they prove otherwise.

      • Winder says:

        Berger- I feel the same way too. I like playing arm-chair GM. But I know I don’t have a clue to what is really going on. I like our staff and trust their decisions and I know they won’t get them right all the time but after last years draft I feel pretty good about our chances.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Barkley is going to the browns. No way he falls to us. Then again i don’t think Nelson is there either.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, pretty sure they will both be gone by our pick. I think we might trade out of the 9th/10th to the late 1st rd and gather some more picks.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    I think we go CB. Denzel Ward.

  17. NJ49er says:

    Tremaine Edmunds and his Brother Terrell, are both Jrs, coming out early.
    Both of them are Sons of former Miami Dolphin TE Ferrell Edmunds.
    They also have a Brother, Trey, who is a RB that got onto the Saints’ roster last year.
    One thing in their favor, they’ve grown up in/around the NFL by pedigree. Can’t hurt.

    Doesn’t make them immune to the pitfalls of money in the hands of kids but, I would think they’ve seen the process along the way and, could be better prepared to avoid the usual risks.
    If we miss on Quenton and Minkah, I could see a Pick for Secondary of, a LBs best friend, a Fat Man in the Middle, (Vea).
    Hoping the expected QB feeding frenzy knocks some other positions down the Board for us.
    See what comes….

    • Winder says:

      NJ- you are probably right about Edwards, he should be well aware of the business end of things. I just wish we really knew who we have our eyes set upon. And, if some of those QB’s are still there at 9/10 we just might trade out for some more picks. I could see that happening too.

      • Winder says:


      • NJ49er says:

        Agreed Winder, if our coveted player could be had with a Trade down, why not?
        Always good to have Draft Pesos in hand to deal with.
        Hard to know what Lynch has atop the Draft Board, easily the tightest guarded secrets in all of the NFL War Rooms.
        I see a DB is the top priority BUT….Let’s remember where Richard Sherman was picked.
        Not every player is a Top 10 slam dunk.
        I tend to go Defense high, simply because there isn’t a ton to learn typically.
        Speed of the game is a hurdle for all of them in year one.
        Can’t wait to see the Combine data next month. Will help clear up many holes in terms of speed and agility.
        Still, football is football. Gotta have the determination to succeed at the NFL level, not just cash a check and consider yourself a success for getting there.

        Lot’s of mental measurements need to be assessed as well.
        Give me the 2-4RD guys who WANT it.

  18. NJ49er says:

    Chuck I’ve seen many Mocks putting CB DWard in our slot –
    Don’t know much about him personally. I’ll have to see how he moves in Indy. At 5’10” I’m hoping he can jump 😀
    Same goes for this kid from PSU, Grant Haley, who I did see a couple of times this year.
    He’s in the same boat at 5’9″.
    Great numbers however.
    Side by side Comps right now while we wait for Indy results – (40s/Verts especially) –

    Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St Height: 5-10 Weight: 191 40-Time: 4.40 (DB41)
    37 67 24 2 0
    Grant Haley, CB, Penn St Height: 5-9 Weight: 190 40-Time: 4.50 (DB12)
    49 139 23 5 76

  19. NJ49er says:

    Berger keep this kid on the radar alongside Tremaine Edmunds – A tad shorter, smaller program too.
    Kid is at the Combine, which bodes well for his production – Stats are very respectable –
    Just a side by side stats Comp –
    Nothing else to do now but research prior to the Meat Mkt in Indy – Then, the numbers count 😀

    Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech Height: 6-5 Weight: 250 40-Time: 4.80 (LB12)
    40 226 35.0 10.0 5 1


    Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina St Height: 6-3 Weight: 235 40-Time: 4.75 (LB25)
    43 393 53.5 21.5 7 6

  20. NJ49er says:

    This kid caught my eye in Mobile too –
    No production in his 1st 2 years at LSU, but carried a 20YPC avg for the next 2yrs.
    If he’s a legit 6’4″ running a 4.4, I’m interested –

    D.J. Chark, WR, L.S.U. Height: 6-4 Weight: 198 40-Time: 4.40 (WO08)
    36 66 1,340 20.3 6

    • NJ49er says:

      Projected Round (2018): 3-4.
      2/10/18: Chark had 40 receptions for 874 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. Once again, LSU’s limitations in the passing game restricted the roster’s receiving talent. Some sources say they are grading Chark as a mid-rounder. Others think he could go higher. Chark had a solid week at the Senior Bowl, where he pushed the defense vertically, showing quickness and athleticism to make plays downfield.

      • Berger says:

        LSU did not have the QBing to help their receiver’s stats. His video will be what scouts will rely on more than most other players.

  21. Berger says:

    I did not know Edmunds runs a 4.8 40. That would be too slow for a 1st round LB. I’ll guess that gets better at the combine.

  22. Berger says:

    I’m OK with a slow WR if he is big, physical and can go get the ball from defenders. Besides, they know where they need to go on each play. LBs and DBs need to be fast because they have to recover. They don’t know where the play is going. There are some in the box players like SS and ILB who can be slower as long as they play fast. Tim McDonald was a slow SS who played with great instincts. He played much faster than his 40 time.

    A lot of the big WRs are actually much faster than their 40 time at the combine. They don’t get out of the blocks as fast as the quick guys but when they get going they are as fast as most. Best example, Jerry Rice.

  23. Berger says:

    Good bye Aldon Foster. It was nice knowing you but not that nice.

  24. Winder says:

    Things were looking to good to be true. First time offenders get a 6 week suspension throw in whatever for the pot in Alabama and we are probably looking at 8 weeks minimum. I believe the club will give him a second chance and keep him on a short leash.

  25. NJ49er says:

    Here’s a potential LB target in FA Berger.
    NYJ LB Demario Davis – Height: 6-2 Weight: 248 Age: 29
    Durable guy if nothing else.
    Our Draft Board will likely include another ILB this April too.

    Considering the risks Foster has brought upon himself, I’d make plans to cut our losses if I were Lynch.
    Weed is one thing. DV and weapons charges too?
    C’mon Man……
    Recoup his money through Personal Conduct/Detrimental clauses and move on.
    This can’t be ignored. If someone is willing to offer something for him? Take it.

  26. 12th Man says:

    Same old story with these problem college kids, many don’t leave it behind them when they become a pro, Foster is one dumb asshole.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, it is more serious than I had thought. The team is gonna have to cut him, my guess is by tomorrow. What a waste.

  27. Lurker John says:

    Foster. What a dumbshit. This knocks a little luster off the Jimmy G signing. I guess the Niners will be shopping for LB’s in FA and the draft. Idiot.

  28. Lurker John says:

    NJ, I agree, get the money back and cut his sorry ass. The whole world at his feet and he blows it. Unbelievable.

    • NJ49er says:

      I think Lynch has to send a message Lurker John, immediately.
      He’s obviously a liability off the Field now.
      DV is nothing to sneeze at these days, weapons charge not withstanding.
      Kid just isn’t worth the negative side effects IMO.

      If Lynch is serious about having character guys in the Locker Room, the message has to be sent loud and clear, that no one is exempt. 1st RD Pick or not.


  29. NJ49er says:

    Now that I’ve gotten a little more involved in the FA Mkt –
    I’d make a serious run at Dallas DE DeMarcus Lawrence – He’s made some serious stats for himself and, is coming off his Rookie deal of less than 1.4Mil/YR.
    Dallas has some serious Cap restrictions too – Just over $20Mil to use for themselves.
    The overall League average to spend is $35Mil –
    Jerruh is underwater. He’s got ILB Hitchens, RT Bell and OG Cooper to deal with too.

    We have money – Need for a Pass Rusher and, I’d love to get into Jerruh’s core roster with a steal like that 😀

    Lawrence is only 25. Great piece to attack IMO –

    Do it Lynch!

  30. Berger says:

    Part of the Habaugh legacy was players in trouble with the law. That was part of our dismantling. We don’t need to go there again.

  31. Nipper says:

    Goodbye Foster……..the Niners should part ways ASAP. Really there is no other choice. The part thing was one thing but getting in trouble in Los Gatos is really a stupid move.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, they need to get in front of this Foster thing. Thing is, they have time to wait for all the info to come out before they cut him. You are right, Bergs. Harbaugh was all about cutting ‘bad guys’ till it happened to his guys. Then it was all about due process.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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