The quarterback market is adjusting quickly.
Former San Francisco 49ers passer Jimmy Garoppolo is set to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, a person with knowledge of the move told Tyler Dragon of USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday. The move will reunite Garoppolo with Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, who has been Garoppolo’s offensive coordinator for three seasons.
According to ESPNcontract is for three seasons at $67.5 million, $34 million guaranteed.
Garoppolo will replace former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, released by the group in February after nine seasons with the franchise. Carr signed to the Saints on March 6.
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Here’s everything you need to know about Garoppolo signing with the Raiders.
Who is the new Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo?
Garoppolo, 31, is set to enter his 10th season in the league. He began his career in New England, which he was selected 62nd overall in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. Garoppolo served three seasons as Tom Brady’s backup quarterback. He played quite well when Brady lost time due to a 2016 suspension. During that time, however, and as has become the trend for Garoppolo, a shoulder injury preventing him from staying on the field.
The Patriots Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers in October 2017 for a second-round pick in the following NFL draft. His tenure in San Francisco was uneven, again in large part to some season-ending injuries.
How will Jimmy Garoppolo’s tenure with the San Francisco 49ers be remembered?
In the end, the Niners drafted Trey Lance No. 3 in general in the 2021 NFL draft, indicating a team shift at the position. Garoppolo remained on the roster, despite San Francisco’s commitment to Lance as its starter. After the team failed to secure a trade partner for Garoppolo last offseason, he and the 49ers agreed to a restructured contract in August 2022 that kept him through last season. That contract is set to expire at the start of the new league year March 15.
Garoppolo was thrust into action last season when Lance broke his ankle in Week 2. Garoppolo has completed 67.2% of his passes for 2,437 yards, with 16 touchdowns against four interceptions in 11 games this season for the 49ers. He broken leg Week 13 and did not return to action as backup Brock Purdy succeeded in his place.
When Garoppolo was healthy, he offered a solid and unobtrusive option at quarterback, such as when he helped lead the 49ers to an appearance in Super Bowl 54, where the team lost, 31-20 to the Chiefs, after Garoppolo struggled in the game.
How does Jimmy Garoppolo’s signing with the Las Vegas Raiders affect the rest of the quarterback market?
Then Carr signed with the Saints and then Geno Smith re-signed with the Seahawks on a three-year deal, Garoppolo presents one of the last starting quarterbacks available on the open market. That leaves free agents Jacoby Brissett, Andy Dalton, Baker Mayfield, Teddy Bridgewater and Gardner Minshew as the following passers likely to find new homes. In any case, none of those quarterbacks have enjoyed the success that Garoppolo has had.
However, this could prompt teams that feel they are one quarterback away from competing to look at possible trades for current Packers starter Aaron Rodgers and current Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Rodgers has been linked to a move to the Jets and an announcement said so would be coming soon. But since Baltimore placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson on March 7, interested teams can negotiate with Jackson and have to send two first-round picks to Baltimore to secure his rights. For that to happen, Jackson would have to agree to the terms of a new contract and the Ravens, who would have the option to match any offer made, would have to decline to do so.