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49ers make Garoppolo highest-paid player in NFL history

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract Thursday that makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history on an average-per-year basis, according to a report by NFL.com.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that while a team source told him the deal is not yet finalized, it will be soon. And when it is, it will include the largest three-year cash total for a new contract in NFL history at just less than $90 million.

Garoppolo was acquired from the New England Patriots mid-season in 2017 in exchange for a second-round pick. He took over the starting job three weeks later and went on to complete 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions while starting five of six games.

Garoppolo had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month.

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