John Lynch details moment he knew Jimmy Garoppolo was 49ers’ franchise QB. The 49ers didn’t waste much time making Jimmy Garoppolo their franchise quarterback. San Francisco gave him a five-year, $137.5 million deal with $74.1 million guaranteed after Garoppolo made just five starts for the club.
It turns out the team’s decision to hammer out a long-term contract came much sooner than the fifth starter.
49ers general manager John Lynch joined the Rich Eisen Show and talked about the moment he new Garoppolo was ‘the guy’ for his club.
“I would tell you it was probably, I probably arrived a little earlier than (49ers head coach) Kyle (Shanahan),” Lynch said in a video posted to the 49ers’ Twitter account. “Kyle’s got a high standard for quarterbacks since he works with them every day. And I think it was probably after the Tennessee game where Kyle came in and said, ‘You know what? This kid’s pretty damn good. Go ahead and do this.’ And we flew down to LA and met with his representative Don Yee and just said, ‘Listen. We’ve got a bunch of options at our disposal. We can franchise him, we can do that whole thing, but that’s not what we want to do. We’re gonna come strong with our first offer to represent that we want to do this thing.’ And we did, and they were open to that.”
The game against the Titans was Garoppolo’s third start for San Francisco. He led a fourth-quarter comeback, setting the team up for a game-winning field goal after taking over with 1:07 to play on the 49ers’ 25-yard-line. He finished that contest 31-of-43 for 381 yards and a touchdown.
Garoppolo went undefeated in five starts for the 49ers last season. He completed 67.4 percent of his throws while averaging 260.0 yards-per-game with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. His 8.8 yards-per-attempt would’ve led the NFL had he played the entire season.
San Francisco is in the latter stages of a rebuild, and finding their franchise quarterback for a second-round pick in the middle of the season is a franchise-changing scenario that doesn’t come around often. Lynch and Shanahan recognized the opportunity and didn’t hesitate to miss it.