Deal with 49ers makes QB Jimmy Garoppolo NFL’s highest-paid player

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Thursday reportedly signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension, becoming the highest-paid player in professional football. Garoppolo received $90 million guaranteed in the first three years, the biggest three-year paycheck in NFL history. The deal is all the more noteworthy because Garoppolo, 26, has just seven NFL starts under his belt. He spent his first three-and-a-half seasons with the New England Patriots as Tom Brady’s backup, starting just twice.

His average $27.5 million per season is $500,000 higher than the previous record set by Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford last year. The 49ers are expected to announce the deal Friday.

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