Over at CBS Sports, Joel Curry ranks signings, contract extensions and other economic-related things at the end of each season, and the San Francisco 49ers have one obvious inclusion in multiple categories this year: quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo appears in two categories on Curry’s list, both as a runner-up: Most Valuable Acquisition and Best Use of a Contract Year. They also have Biggest Steal as a category, but Garoppolo isn’t listed — I feel like he should given the cost of a second-round pick.
Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings is listed as the winner of Most Valuable Acquisition, and it makes a lot of sense. The Vikings could have been a mess this season, but Keenum has been good enough to keep them among the league’s best teams. The Vikings signed him for just $2 million this past season.
Garoppolo is listed as a runner-up alongside A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell, both of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Demarcus Lawrence of the Dallas Cowboys is the winner of the Best Use of a Contract Year category, with Garoppolo, Keenum and offensive lineman Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers. Lawrence is a great pick for this category, of course, but Garoppolo is definitely going to get the most money of those.
While some would argue that the 49ers should win pretty much every positive category for the acquisition of Garoppolo, these awards are looked on in a 2017 context for the most part. I still think Garoppolo should win both categories he was a runner-up for, but it’s not the most glaring injustice I’ve ever witnessed by a longshot.
Give the full article a look, there’s some good stuff, like the Seattle Seahawks giving Kam Chancellor $25 million guaranteed in a tumultuous season.