Jimmy Garoppolo deal looms large in Aaron Rodgers contract negotiations

26-year-old QB gets record deal

Jimmy Garappolo, a 26-year-old quarterback who has started seven career games, is now the highest paid player in the NFL, on a per-year basis.

This afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers locked up Garappolo, who they view as the cornerstone to their franchise, to a 5-year, 137.5 million dollar deal. 

To some, it might seem like an overreaction to his five impressive starts with the 49ers this season where he completed 67 percent of his passes and held a QB rating of 96.2 on his way to a perfect 5-0 record. 

Others just see this contract as the going rate for Quarterbacks on the current market. 

For Green Bay Packers fans, today's news is worrisome. If it takes a record setting deal to a sign a quarterback who's appeared in only seven games, then it should take a fortune to lock up Aaron Rodgers, a two-time MVP with a Super Bowl ring, when his contract is up in 2020.

It's hard to predict what Rodgers, heading into his 37-year-old season, will cost in 2020, but it's safe to assume that it will be quite a bit more than his current cap hit of 20 million. 

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