NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo, and Tom Pelissero reported on Monday that the Las Vegas Raiders had signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a three-year, $72.75 million contract, per sources.
Rapoport noted that the contract’s guaranteed sum of $34 million.
Through this trade, Garoppolo will be reunited with Josh McDaniels, the head coach of the Raiders. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots when Garoppolo first entered the NFL in 2014 and coached him through 2017. During Garoppolo’s time as Tom Brady’s backup with the Patriots, the team won two Super Bowls. Now, with Super Bowl LVIII taking place in Las Vegas in February, the Raiders are counting on him to bring a championship to the city.
After being traded to the 49ers in October of 2017, Garoppolo, at the time 31 years old, led the team to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. Despite the Niners’ best efforts, Garoppolo was injured and would not be able to play in the conference championship game. (Unlike the previous offseason, this one will actually happen.)
On February 14, Las Vegas parted ways with quarterback Derek Carr. Given that Derek Carr had already moved on to New Orleans and that Jarrett Stidham was leaving for Denver, the Raiders’ quarterback position was now vacant. The Raiders have the seventh overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and might use it to select a quarterback.
After missing the first few games of the season due to a foot injury, backup quarterback Brock Purdy was thrust into the starting role after Garoppolo returned to the team during training camp and replaced the injured Trey Lance as starter.