At the time, the 49ers believed that, at worst
Garoppolo provided them options no matter how much he played or how well he performed over the final eight games. If he struggled or was just OK, the team could tag him and get a longer look in 2018. That could still have left the door open for Cousins, and that indeed was still a possibility after the trade. Finally, in what seemed the most difficult-to-attain option, Garoppolo would get a chance to play and would look so good that the Niners would shut down their search for a franchise quarterback and pay him like one.
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Even without the benefit of an offseason to learn the offense, Garoppolo took over late in a loss to Seattle and never looked back. By the time Garoppolo engineered a drive to beat Tennessee on Dec. 17, Shanahan knew he had his man.
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“Jimmy went out there and played very well in the first game," Shanahan said. "I was extremely excited. The second game I was even more excited. By the third game, I think we all kinda forgot about free agency and about the draft, and we were like, ‘All right, we can isolate on one guy right now,’ and we were very happy that it happened.” With Garoppolo at the controls, the Niners won their final five games and improved in nearly every major statistical category. The day after the season, Lynch declared that signing Garoppolo was the top priority. Sure enough, on Feb. 8, Garoppolo inked a five-year, $137.5 million deal with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.
Meanwhile, in Washington, Cousins got a heads-up that he would become this year's most coveted free agent when the Redskins agreed to a deal for Kansas City's Alex Smith. That set off a frenzy in which multiple veteran quarterbacks found new homes. Despite the Niners being out of the mix, Cousins had no shortage of suitors willing to make him the game's highest-paid quarterback. That's exactly what C.J. Mosley Jersey happened when he signed a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million deal with the Vikings on March 15.
Although Cousins didn't get a chance to reunite with Shanahan in a familiar offensive system, he did land with a legitimate Super Bowl contender, flush with offensive weapons. For their part, the Niners get a less-proven player in Garoppolo, 26, but one who brings more upside to a young team trying to build a long-term contender. After Cousins signed in Minnesota, Shanahan reached out and congratulated his former pupil on his new deal. Not so long ago, such a conversation seemed all but certain to happen right here in the Bay Area, with Cousins sporting a red-and-gold tie. Alas, it wasn't to be. "I’m really happy how it ended up for all sides,” Shanahan said.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams' aggressive pursuit of going from NFC West Division champions to Super Bowl champions in 2018 has been one of the NFL's hottest offseason topics.The impact Jake McCabe Jersey of the Rams' bold moves to acquire cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, receiver Brandin Cooks and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has not been lost inside the San Francisco 49ers organization. After all, the Rams sit at the top of the Niners' division, and the two teams have a longstanding rivalry that appears on the verge of being must-see once again.
"It is what it is," coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters at last week's NFL owners meetings. "They've added some firepower this offseason, Golden Tate III Jersey and I think we have, too. I know they're trying to get better, and they have, and hopefully we are, too." In some ways, the 49ers are now in a similar position to where the Rams were last year at this time. Like the Rams of the 2017 offseason, the Niners are coming off a losing season but are making calculated moves to round out their roster in hopes of engineering a big turnaround. Those Rams added a stabilizing piece on the offensive line in tackle Andrew Whitworth and an offensive weapon who had been underutilized in his previous stop in receiver Robert Woods. They also added some under-the-radar talents they viewed as scheme and locker-room fits, such as cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman and pass-rusher Connor Barwin.
Although some of the positions are different, the 49ers have followed a similar blueprint, making big investments in a key offensive lineman (center Weston Richburg) and giving a larger-than-expected contract to an offensive weapon they believe can do more than he has previously (running back Jerick McKinnon). They've also taken fliers on some more budget-friendly players they hope can blossom in their system in guard Jonathan Cooper and pass-rusher Jerry Attaochu. Cornerback Richard Sherman could be considered a happy medium between a big addition and a low-risk move as he recovers from a ruptured right Achilles.
As it stands, the 49ers can only hope their offseason moves help them make the leap from NFC West also-ran to division winners. The Rams, meanwhile, have turned their attention to taking the next step toward claiming a Super Bowl title. Their big-name additions have made splashy headlines, but the real story is that the Rams clearly believe their Super Bowl window is open now and intend to jump through it before having to pay top dollar for quarterback Jared Goff in a couple of years.
That's a position the 49ers haven't yet reached, and it's a big part of the reason why they aren't getting caught up in some sort of headline-driven arms race. Instead, having already paid out a massive contract for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the Niners are attempting to balance becoming genuine playoff contenders now and setting themselves up to sustain that status in the future. It's why, even with plenty of cap room, the Niners didn't throw big money at bank-breaking free agents such as Andrew Norwell and Allen Robinson.
“I think you do everything you can to win now, but you can never do it at the expense of your future,” Shanahan said. “And I’ve been in this league a long time, I think we’ve all waited a long time to have an opportunity like this. This isn’t something that you go in recklessly and just try to make yourself look good right away.” wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china

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