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Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract to earn him millions in incentives

Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract to earn him millions in incentives
September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Photo: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

SAN FRANCISCO (BVM) – The Trey Lance era of the San Francisco 49ers will be delayed until further notice. 

The 22-year-old quarterback broke his right ankle on the second drive of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks after being given the keys to the 49ers’ offense this season. Head coach Kyle Shanahan announced after the game that Lance requires surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. 

Luckily for San Francisco, the franchise had a familiar succession plan in place. Jimmy Garoppolo came off the bench and threw a touchdown pass on his first full drive after replacing Lance before running for another score to help the 49ers beat the Seahawks, 27-7. Garoppolo completed his first five passes in his first game since the NFC Championship, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Ross Dwelley. 

Despite being drafted third overall in 2021 and San Francisco trading three first-round picks to move up to take him, Lance spent his rookie season mostly watching Garoppolo from the sidelines as the 49ers made it all the way to the NFC title game. San Francisco planned to trade Garoppolo this offseason but was unable to find a partner after he underwent shoulder surgery in March. He remained on the roster but didn’t practice with the team at all during training camp before agreeing to return as a backup on a reduced contract. 

Well, Garoppolo’s contract just became much more lucrative following the unfortunate season-ending of Lance. 

For each game that Garoppolo plays at least 25% of the snaps, he’ll earn $250,000. If the 49ers win that game, the figure jumps to $350,000. So as the apparent starter moving forward, he now has the chance to earn $5.6 million via incentives in the regular season, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. 

Garoppolo was set to make $24.2 million this season before redoing his contract with the 49ers. Now, the 30-year-old will earn $6.5 million in guaranteed salary in addition to those playing-time incentives. 

After going 13-for-21 for 154 yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in his first action of the season on Sunday, Garoppolo has given a talented San Francisco (1-1) team a steady presence at QB once again. 

He’s earned himself some additional dough in the process.