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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.”

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Former Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers defender Aldon Smith was arrested for the third time in two months and is being held on $500,000 bond by the San Francisco Sheriff’s department, according to ESPN.

Smith was arraigned on Thursday with three charges of violating a protective order, which stems from his domestic violence charge on March 12. He had been ordered to wear an ankle monitor that measured alcohol use through sweat. The 28-year-old was booked for violating a condition of his electronic monitoring, according to a Sheriff’s spokesperson.

The former first-round pick’s fiancee, who he had been initially arrested for abusing, told TMZ Sports that the two are “no longer together.”

Smith was released by the Raiders after being charged with domestic violence. He last played for the Raiders during the 2015 season and is currently suspended by the league stemming from a hit-and-run incident in August 2015.

The Seattle Seahawks will have a much different look in 2018 as an offseason that has seen them trade Michael Bennett, cut Richard Sherman, and lose both Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham to free agency (with Sheldon Richardson among those still unsigned) continues.

Seattle is also reportedly listening to offers for Earl Thomas.

Sherman, now a member of the NFC West-rival San Francisco 49ers, believes this type of turnover stems from head coach Pete Carroll’s college roots.

“I think it was kind of philosophical on his part,” Sherman said of Carroll on the “Thomahawk Show” podcast hosted by former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins. “A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out.”

Carroll was the head coach at USC from 2001-09 and has been with the Seahawks since 2010. He’s the oldest head coach in the league at 66 years of age.

“We had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly, because he just recycles them. And they’re cool stories, they’re great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them,” Sherman said.

The Seahawks snapped a streak of five consecutive playoff appearances in 2017, missing the postseason for just the second time in Carroll’s tenure.

Sherman says Carroll, who has two years remaining on his contract, is showing no signs of stepping away, but a poor run with a lack of success could exact a toll.

“I think that it depends on how this season goes for them. If they do great, get to the playoffs and continue to have the success, then I think he continues to go. But if things don’t go as planned and they don’t get to the playoffs and they have a rough year, then I think that’ll weigh into his decision. The legacy begins to get tainted at that point.”

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and new cornerback Richard Sherman shared intimate details of their negotiations to Peter King of The MMQB – among them, a discussion about the Seattle Seahawks’ painful decision to throw the ball from the 1-yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

“I promise you, we won’t throw it this time,” Lynch assured Sherman.

Sherman was released by the Seahawks on March 9 and the veteran corner entered discussions with the Niners the following day.

In the whirlwind that followed, Sherman and his fiancee shared a four-hour dinner with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and his wife. Sherman represented himself in contract negotiations, and even stepped out of his meeting with Lynch to call other interested GMs.

Aside from the money, the opportunity to stay on the West Coast, and the chance to play for a contender, the 49ers were uniquely positioned to give Sherman something else.

“We had something no other team could offer … the ability to play Seattle twice a year,” Lynch said.

Sherman didn’t dispute that aspect of the 49ers’ appeal.

“I’m vengeful in that way,” he said.

Sherman added, “I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there. It was such a great opportunity. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there. But now it’s like I abandoned them. People are out there burning my jersey. Come on. I’m not the one who let me go. They let me go. I didn’t abandon anybody.”

Sherman fought for a heavily incentivized deal that other teams like the Seahawks, Raiders, and Lions weren’t willing to offer. One such stipulation will award Sherman $11 million – what he would have earned with the Seahawks – if he plays in 90 percent of the team’s snaps in 2018 and makes the Pro Bowl, even if he can’t play in the game because the 49ers are in the Super Bowl.

“I don’t think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract,” Sherman said to King. “As long as I’m content with what I’m making, nothing else matters to me.”

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks gets the crowd going against the Miami Dolphins in the first half at CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

The San Francisco 49ers and four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman have reached an agreement on a three-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed by the 49ers, but Sherman’s contract is worth $39 million, with a $5 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Sherman was released by the Seattle Seahawks Friday after spending the first seven years of his career with the organization. He took it in his stride, noting he had the lowest passer rating allowed since entering the league in 2011, while quoting Drake’s “Diplomatic Immunity”.

“I’m excited,” Sherman said of the agreement in a text to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. “A lot of HOF DBs have gone through this incredible organization and I am looking to uphold that standard.”

The star cornerback was an integral part of Seattle’s vaunted secondary, nicknamed “The Legion of Boom”, helping the franchise record its lone Super Bowl victory in 2013. Seattle led the NFL in scoring defense from 2012-15 in large part due to Sherman’s shutdown ability, featuring almost exclusively at left cornerback. Sherman was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2013-16, three straight first-team All-Pro selections from 2012-2014, and led the NFL in interceptions during the 2013 season.

Sherman’s Seahawks were the nemesis of the 49ers for years, with the NFC West rivals vying for divisional supremacy for the vast majority of his career. The cornerback drew national attention after defeating the 49ers in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, claiming he was the best cornerback in the NFL during a famous post-game interview.

If the Seahawks-49ers rivalry needed a renewal, Sherman heading to the Bay Area could well be the flame that reignites the incendiary feud.

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.