Jimmy Garoppolo has been to the Super Bowl in the past, but his upcoming matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs will be his first as a starting quarterback. Garoppolo has been heavily criticized for his playoff performances so far, yet there is little doubt that the San Francisco 49ers will prove a difficult out for the Chiefs. Ahead of the big game on February 2, here is a quick look at how much Garoppolo is really worth.
Jimmy Garoppolo makes a name for himself in New England
In 2014, the New England Patriots drafted Garoppolo in the second round. During his first few seasons with the Patriots, it was evident that Garoppolo was being groomed to replace Tom Brady after he retires.
Garoppolo only played in a handful of games for the Pats but performed well on the field. Going into the 2016 season, he was named as the starting quarterback for the Patriots after Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season.
The following year, the Patriots sent Garoppolo to the 49ers in what was a stunning trade for the NFL. In exchange for the young quarterback, the Patriots only received a second-round pick in the 2018 draft.
Jimmy Garoppolo started in the final five games of the 2017 season for the 49ers and won all of them. In the team’s third game of 2018, Garoppolo tore his ACL against the Chiefs, an injury that took him out the remainder of the season.
Why did the 49ers wait to start Garoppolo in 2017?
When the 49ers received Garoppolo in the trade with the Patriots in 2017, they waited an entire month before naming him their starter.
The reason they did not put Garoppolo on the field right away is because the coach of the 49ers, Kyle Shanahan, wanted him to get acclimated to his new team.
“When we made the trade in the middle of the season, Kyle was probably the most conservative with it,” the CEO of the 49ers, Jed York, said. “Everybody from Mandy Shanahan [Kyle’s wife] to all our fans were ready for him to start Day One.”
York added that Shanahan made sure that Jimmy Garoppolo was comfortable with the team’s system and the rest of the players before adding him to the mix. The coach also considered benching Garoppolo for the rest of the season because the 49ers had a terrible record.
He eventually succumbed to the pressure and started Garoppolo in the final five games of the season. He finished the year with seven touchdowns and 1,500 yards passing.
Based on his performance, Garoppolo went on to sign one of the biggest contracts in the NFL in a deal that was criticized by some analysts.
What is Jimmy Garoppolo net worth?
In the winter of 2018, Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed to a five-year contract worth $137.5 million, putting his annual salary at around $27.4 million. As things currently stand, there are only four other quarterbacks in the NFL that make more than Jimmy Garoppolo.
Russell Wilson is at the top of the list at $35 million a year, following closely by Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million a year. Matt Ryan comes in third, earning $30 million, while Kirk Cousins is at $28 million. Considering how Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is expected to ink a major deal this summer, Garoppolo will likely get bumped further down the list.
According to International Business Times, the 49ers quarterback also takes home around $200,000 a year from various business deals with Nike, Bose, and New Era.
With the 49ers making it to the Super Bowl this year, his endorsement deals will likely increase over the next few years.
Inside Garoppolo’s contract
Apart from the massive salary, there are some strict rules in Garoppolo’s contract with the 49ers. This includes a restriction on buying any motorcycles or off-road vehicles, as these are deemed too risky.
The NFL star is also not allowed to partake in various activities, including surfing, rock climbing, scuba diving, bungee jumping, skiing, wrestling, and skydiving.
We have little doubt that Garoppolo will follow the rules of his contract, though he does have a love for sports cars. The quarterback owns a few high-end vehicles, including a Chevy Camaro, a Mercedes Benz, and a Maserati Quattroporte.
Fans can watch Jimmy Garoppolo take the field against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV on February 2 on Fox.