Jimmy Garoppolo’s Contract Details Rams Signing QB to 1-Year Contract

The Los Angeles Rams are signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a one-year contract to be Matthew Stafford's backup.

Jimmy Garoppolo’s tumultuous tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders came to an expected end as he was released Wednesday along with fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer, wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, and defensive lineman Jerry Tillery.

On Friday, Garoppolo agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Garoppolo Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Rams

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Feb. 16 that Garoppolo, who also has been suspended by the NFL for two games due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, was expected to be released. His departure would save the Raiders $11.2 million on the salary cap.

Signed ahead of the 2023 season, Garoppolo had a rocky start with the Raiders, and the conclusion could be seen coming since interim head coach Antonio Pierce took over and went with then-rookie Aidan O’Connell under center for the remainder of the season.

O’Connell and new signee Gardner Minshew II are likely to battle it out for the 2024 QB1 spot, perhaps with a rookie added in the upcoming draft.

After playing his first three seasons with the New England Patriots, Garoppolo moved west to lead the San Francisco 49ers from 2017 to 2022. Garoppolo appeared in 57 regular-season games for the 49ers, with San Francisco posting a 38-17 record in games where he was the starting quarterback.

While the 49ers never quite got over the hump with Garoppolo as their quarterback, they did find consistent playoff success with him under center, posting a 4-2 record in the postseason in games he started.

He signed with Las Vegas last offseason, rejoining Josh McDaniels, his former offensive coordinator in New England.

The Raiders signed him to replace Derek Carr with the belief that he would have a high floor and probably a low ceiling. When healthy, he had been an above-average quarterback during his time in San Francisco.

Garoppolo spent the last year with Las Vegas, going 3-3 as a starter with 1,205 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and nine interceptions before losing the starting job. The 10-year veteran registered career lows in completion percentage (65.1%), passer rating (77.7), and QBR (34.2).

Garoppolo appeared in just one more game, logging three snaps in a Week 18 win over the Denver Broncos.

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He now heads to the fourth team of his career with 15,494 passing yards, 94 TDs, and 51 interceptions overall. He’ll back up Matthew Stafford after serving his two-game suspension to begin the season.

Picking up Garoppolo as a high-level backup/spot starter is a much better reflection of his value, and his arrival is a nice boost to the Rams quarterback room behind Matthew Stafford, especially considering the position the team was in last year.

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