The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo’s agent have gained “significant momentum” on a long-term deal for the quarterback, according to a report from the NFL Network.
Though there is work to be done over the next several days, there is optimism suggesting a deal could be done in the “near future,” the network reported while citing unnamed sources.
A deal in the coming weeks would allow the 49ers to avoid using the franchise tag on Garoppolo, which would have to be done before March 6. From there, the 49ers would have had until July 16 to strike a long-term deal.
League observers suspected a contract might take some time so that Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, would have the benefit of other quarterback deals, such as Kirk Cousins’, as the baseline.
On Wednesday, however, general manager John Lynch said the two sides didn’t necessarily have to wait to let the market settle.
“I think our discussions and our work with Jimmy is going to be unique to us,” Lynch said. “Obviously there’s a market, and all those things are taken into account. But our situation is going to be unique … I stand by my earlier comments that we’re hopeful and confident, but also patient and working through this.”
The 49ers traded for Garoppolo on Oct. 30 and he won all five of his starts for San Francisco, including against playoff-bound teams like Tennessee and Jacksonville.
He has made roughly $3.5 million in the first four years of his career. A new deal is expected to average around $25 million a season.