San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke the bank on Thursday. Garoppolo has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth $137.5 million.
That annual salary puts Garoppolo at the top of the NFL and quarterback pay scale, surpassing Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who came in a paltry $27 million annual salary when he signed last summer.
When will the madness stop!?
I think we all agree Garoppolo looked pretty good for the 49ers and Patriots before that. However, he has only seven career starts.
It has been rumored that the Green Bay Packers have wanted to put quarterback Aaron Rodgers back atop the pay scale. His current annual salary is $22 million, which places him eighth on the pay scale, pending unrestricted free agent Drew Brees (who is included in that ranking).
It has also been rumored that this objective is now the Packers’ top offseason priority.
Is the deal coming soon? That wouldn’t make much sense if the Packers want to make Rodgers the top-paid guy. Nor would it make sense if Rodgers wants to be the top-paid guy.
The wild card here is going to free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who played out the string in Washington. Washington just went and agreed to trade for former Kansas City Chiefs starter Alex Smith. They are clearly not going to carry both of those guys on the roster.
So where does Cousins land and how much does he get paid? It’s very possible he could get a deal larger than Garoppolo’s on the free agent market, which opens in March.
Will all of that in mind, we’d expect the Rodgers’ contract extension around April at the earliest. And there’s at least a possibility he could be the NFL’s first $30 million man.