Why Jimmy Garoppolo Agreed to a Restructured Contract Before Cut-Down Day

By Ind Job Info Team

The Niners could have parted ways with the QB and saved $27 million by Tuesday's deadline.


The timing of his shoulder surgery was uncomfortable and weird, leaving the 49ers without much time to prepare.

So here we are with Garoppolo mostly healed after a summer in semi-exile from his teammates and a new, restructured deal.

Garoppolo's contract is simple. His base pay was $24.2 million with $800,000 in per-game roster incentives.

Now that those figures have been reduced to $6.5 million and $500,000, respectively, Garoppolo has the opportunity to recoup $8.45 million of that amount through play-time incentives.

The shoulder is involved in the first one. He had shoulder surgery in February. So trading for him in March would have been a gamble.

Garoppolo restructured for financial reasons. The Niners won. They could keep him until next Tuesday or Saturday without penalty.