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49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo have gained ‘significant momentum,’ deal could happen in near future

This is good news!

The San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo are making real progress towards a contract extension, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He described the two sides as having “significant momentum,” and “a deal could get done in the near future.”

49ers GM John Lynch said earlier this week that he was optimistic, but that patience was the key. He said they would not negotiate through the media, so I am curious who is behind this particular leak. Rapoport described this report as coming from, “sources informed of the situation.”

The recent Alex Smith trade opened the door for Kirk Cousins to leave in free agency, and my initial thought was that it would delay a Jimmy G signing. However, the Smith contract extension in Washington ($23.5 million per year) might help set a base for Garoppolo that gets a deal done sooner rather than later.

Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, is in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl as he also represents Tom Brady. John Lynch said Yee was probably just a little bit busy, and they would pick things up after the Super Bowl. The NFL Combine is a little over three weeks from now, which also falls during the time when the 49ers can place the franchise tag on Garoppolo. The Combine is the next time agents and teams are formally scheduled to be in the same place at the same time. We’ll see if a deal gets done between now and then.