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San Francisco 49ers make Jimmy Garoppolo highest paid player in NFL

The 49ers are making a big investment in their young quarterback.

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With the Arizona Cardinals searching for their answer at quarterback, the San Francisco 49ers are putting all their faith in Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers, after trading a second round pick to the New England Patriots for the young quarterback, have made Garoppolo the highest paid player in the NFL on a per season average basis.

This is a huge move for the division, as it either is going to keep the 49ers in a good spot to be competitive within the NFC West and possibly the NFC moving forward.

If it doesn’t work, it could be a disastrous contract, but the way Garoppolo played in his short time in the Bay area gave the 49ers confidence to make this move.

Garoppolo was 5-0 as a starter, threw for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 67.4%.

The Cardinals need for a quarterback becomes even bigger now, as the NFC West is loaded with you, likely long term options at the quarterback position… and the Cardinals.