Nine-year NFL veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has signed a new contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Garoppolo, a former second-round pick, spent the 2022 season with the San Francisco 49ers but has also played for the New England Patriots.
Jimmy G has landed. The best spot for him. https://t.co/hT3ZTdWorj
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2023
Jimmy Garoppolo, Las Vegas Raiders, Agree to Contract
2022 was a wild year for Garoppolo. After being the subject of many a trade rumor throughout the offseason, Garoppolo started the year as San Francisco’s backup quarterback. However, Garoppolo was thrust back into the starting lineup after Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2. Garoppolo ultimately played in 11 games for the 49ers, making 10 starts while completing 67.2% of his passes for 2,437 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Unfortunately, Garoppolo’s season met a premature end after the quarterback suffered a season-ending broken foot against the Miami Dolphins.
Garoppolo originally entered the league as a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Selected by the New England Patriots, Garoppolo began his career backing up Tom Brady. Garoppolo played sparingly through the first two years of his career, completing just 20 of his 31 passes for 188 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
Garoppolo’s first real chance as a starter came at the beginning of the 2021 NFL season. Taking over for a suspended Tom Brady, the Eastern Illinois product started the first two games of the season. While under center, Garoppolo completed 42 of his 59 passing attempts for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in six quarters of play.
While many expected him to be the next quarterback for the Patriots, Tom Brady refused to age, and New England eventually traded Garoppolo to San Francisco at the 2017 trade deadline. Garoppolo made five starts for the 2017 San Francisco 49ers, completing 67.4% of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. This performance earned him a massive payday and locked him in as the 49ers quarterback of the future.
After that contract, however, Garoppolo struggled to stay healthy. He only played a full season in the 2019 and 2021 seasons, and each year he brought his team deep into the postseason. In 2019, Garoppolo lost the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs, and in 2021, Garoppolo lost the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
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