SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — The San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract worth $137.5 million, with $74 million guaranteed.

According to the NFL Network, the contract is the largest in league history, on an average-per-year basis. Garoppolo made just over $800,000 thousand last season. By working out a long-term deal now, the 49ers avoid having to use the franchise tag on Garoppolo and still have nearly $90 million in salary cap space.

The team has not announced the signing yet, but Garoppolo posted a photo to Instagram alluding to the fact he received some good news today and wide receiver Trent Taylor congratulated his quarterback on Twitter.

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A post shared by Jimmy Garoppolo (@jimmypolo10) on

Garoppolo was acquired by the 49ers in October from the New England Patriots in exchange for a second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. After the team started the 2017 season with a 1-9 record, Garoppolo won all five of his starts, giving the 49ers a 6-10 record at the end of the season and he captured the hearts of 49ers fans.

“Jimmy G” became a rallying cry as the team rebounded from what was developing to be the worst in franchise history.

As for his contract, Garoppolo’s deal topped other mega-pacts in the NFL’s recent history.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford had the previous biggest deal — five-year, $135 million with $92 million guaranteed. Oakland’s David Carr inked a five-year, $125 million pact with $87 million guaranteed after last season.

Drafted by the Patriots in 2014 as a backup to Tom Brady, Garoppolo has not lost an NFL start.

 

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