Saying a long-term deal with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo “makes too much sense not to happen,” 49ers general manager John Lynch on Wednesday said the team is working hard to make that deal a reality.
Lynch and most of the 49ers’ personnel department are at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week to scout prospects. He spoke with the NFL Network during a Wednesday practice.
“When you find the right guy at that position, it’s really good for your franchise,” Lynch said. “We believe we found the right guy. Now the challenge is getting Jimmy signed. We’re working hard toward that. We’ll see. I think he wants to be with us and we want him there. So I think it makes too much sense not to happen … it’s just a matter of getting it done.”
Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, is not in Mobile this week. Teams and agents often lay the groundwork for deals in Indianapolis during the annual scouting combine, which precedes free agency.
Garoppolo’s contract runs out on March 14, though the 49ers can apply the franchise tag at any point between Feb. 20 and March 6. From that point, the two sides have until July 15 to strike a multiyear deal.
Garoppolo has been tight-lipped about the future but has said that he immediately felt welcome after the 49ers traded for him on Oct. 30. The chemistry between the quarterback and the team was apparent, too. The 49ers went 5-0 in Garoppolo’s end-of-season starts and offensive players who seemed ordinary until that point flourished with him under center.
“He was a great addition to our team,” Lynch said Wednesday. “Kind of a game changer.”