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Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t listening to widespread talk that the San Francisco 49ers could earn a playoff berth in 2018.

“People always like to talk about the predictions with the season. Even when the season just ends, they start talking about it,” Garoppolo told reporters on Tuesday, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “It’s all noise on the outside, but I think we have a good group that is locked in right now. We’re focused on OTAs. We’ll go into training camp, hopefully have a good training camp and take it day by day.”

The 49ers have a projected win total of 8.5 for 2018, according to Bovada.

They finished the 2017 season on a five-game win streak in Garoppolo’s only five starts since being acquired via trade from the New England Patriots.
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Jimmy Garoppolo faces the unique pressure of restoring the San Francisco 49ers back to greatness, but he received a vote of confidence on Tuesday from one of the franchise’s legends.

Garoppolo, who led the 49ers to a five-game winning streak to close out the 2017 season, gained an endorsement from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, who led the franchise to its last Super Bowl victory in 1994. Young believes Garoppolo acquired invaluable experience serving as Tom Brady’s backup prior to being traded to the 49ers in October.

“Now the expectations are huge, and that’s good,” Young said via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He knows how good you have to be. He’s watched it – so that’s nice. It’s not going to be, ‘Oh, Jimmy, the expectations are too high.’ He’s like, ‘No, I know how good you have to be. You can expect me to do whatever you want, but I know how good I have to be. I’ve witnessed it.’ It just makes a huge difference. A lot of players don’t have any idea how hard the job is; what really good looks like. And Jimmy’s watched it for four years.”

Young also credited the young quarterback for stopping the downward spiral that permeated the 49ers organization.

“It’s so hard to come into a team that’s not winning, in midseason, with new coaches and new plays, and just start winning games,” Young said. “That’s just so hard to do. You can try to diminish it, but why would you? You’ve got a 1-10 team that goes 5-0. Jimmy did so much just to stop the madness.”

Young helped define the 49ers during the 1990s and now Garoppolo is faced with the task of reviving the team while competing for the NFC West title in a division that’s been entirely revamped. Gaining the confidence of a team legend could go a long way and may foreshadow a career-defining year for Garoppolo.

The San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback position is one of the most revered positions in sports thanks to Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young.

But, asked Tuesday about the 49ers’ latest star under center, Jimmy Garoppolo, Montana wasn’t quite ready to name him San Francisco’s next superstar on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.

“I think it’s still a little early for it, myself,” Montana said. “He’s obviously has a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement in the Bay Area about it.”

Garoppolo excelled for the 49ers in 2017 after a midseason trade from the New England Patriots, leading them to a 5-0 record to close the campaign and recording a 96.2 passer rating.

Despite the limited sample size, the 49ers were confident enough in Garoppolo to make him the NFL’s highest-paid player at the time – a crown he held for just a few weeks until Kirk Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

“This year will be a big tell on it,” Montana added. “They paid a lot of money for him. But I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”

The future looks bright in San Francisco, and John Lynch hopes that’s apparent to upcoming free agents.

The 49ers general manager secured the services of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a reported five years and $137.5 million, and now he’s turning his attention to the open market.

The team will have an estimated $77 million to spend in free agency and is poised to be an active participant.

“We’re fully aware of all the work we have to do. This was a big piece,” Lynch said of signing Garoppolo to an extension, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports.

“Heading into free agency this is a big deal. It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside. We have this guy. Who wouldn’t want to be here.”

The 49ers finished 2017 on a five-game winning streak with Garoppolo under center and will certainly be a popular dark-horse pick with pundits entering 2018.

The San Francisco 49ers made what could be the biggest move of the NFL offseason Thursday, signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year contract.

The deal is worth $137.5 million, a source told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

That figure would make Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL history in terms of average annual value, according to Garafolo, surpassing Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, who signed a five-year, $135-million extension last August.

The 26-year-old blossomed after being traded from the New England Patriots in 2017, leading the 49ers to victories in each of his five starts to finish the season. Over that stretch, he completed more than 67 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards and seven touchdowns.

Negotiations continue between the San Francisco 49ers and their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Niners traded for the impending free agent during the season and know they’ve acquired their quarterback of the future. Now, the franchise is working hard to lock him up long term.

“We believe we found the right guy,” general manager John Lynch said Wednesday on NFL Network, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Now, the challenge is getting Jimmy signed. We’re working hard towards that. We’ll see. I think he wants to be with us and we want him there. So I think it makes too much sense not to happen.”

Once Garoppolo suited up for the Niners, he made an immediate impact. His second throw with the team was a touchdown pass, as he took over a one-win club in Week 13 and led them to five consecutive victories to end the season.

Lynch previously stated his desire to sign the quarterback on a long-term deal in his season-ending press conference, and the franchise is still making moves to secure that future some three weeks on.

The New England Patriots‘ power trio of owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady plan to meet after the season to clear the air, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Together, they have denied any reported tension between them, but they plan to address any lingering issues that have arisen after the trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the reported revoked access of Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero.