1st & 10 guys talk to Eric Branch about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy has had his bank account transformed after transforming the 49ers in just five starts in 2017. Recently Garoppolo just signed a five-year contract worth up to $137.5 million. The per-year average of $27.5 million is the richest in NFL history. The contract also has nearly $90 million in guarantees in the first three years, which is also the most in league history, ESPN reported.
Eric Branch has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle since 2011 as the 49ers beat writer. Before that, he covered the 49ers for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in 2010. Since he began his career in journalism in 1997 in Logansport, Ind., he’s covered events ranging from archery tournaments to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.