The New England Patriots inked their 2014 second-round selection, Jimmy Garoppolo, to a four-year deal on Monday. Garoppolo will reportedly receive $1.1 million in guranteed money.
Garoppolo will be paid a total of $3.5 million throughout the life of his four-year contract, including an $850,000 signing bonus.
His contract does include a few incentives as well. Garoppolo will get a $50,000 workout bonus in 2015 and a $75,000 bonus in 2016. He’s also guranteed to earn $250,000 in 2015.
Though with future Hall-of-Fame signal caller Tom Brady still at the helm through 2017, Garoppolo’s chances of seeing meaningful action are slim to none.
Garoppolo may never start a game in New England with his contract expiring after the 2017 season as well. General Manager Robert Kraft even hopes his new rookie quarterback remains on the sideline for a long time.
“From my point of view, and I think for my organization, we believe that Tom has a lot of play left,” Kraft said.
At the same time, Kraft does hope Garoppolo lives up to the expectations that have accompanied him to the Patriots, but for now, he’s nothing more than a valuable backup to Brady.
“You know in any business you always need disaster insurance that’s the most important thing, and now we have a young man that I hope he’s as good as everyone feels,” added Kraft on New England’s quarterbacks.
Garoppolo started every game in his college career at Eastern Illinois. He shattered school records previously held by Tony Romo, passing 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns in 2013.
Only time will tell what the 22-year-old Garoppolo’s future holds, but definitely count on him learning a great deal from Brady.