Jimmy Garoppolo has just seven starts in the NFL to his name, but the San Francisco 49ers have made the quarterback the league's highest-paid player per year.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the New England Patriots late in the 2017-18 season. Garoppolo took on the duties as starting QB with five games to go in the campaign, and the 49ers finished with five straight wins.

That was enough of a sample size for the franchise to offer the 26-year-old a five-year contract worth NZ$190 million, NFL Network reported, at an average of NZ$38 million each year.

His contract surpasses the mark set by Detroit Lions counterpart Matthew Stafford, who signed a five-year, NZ$187 million deal in August last year, averaging NZ$37 million per season. Garoppolo has NZ$125 million in guarantees through the first three years of the contract, which is also the largest total in NFL history.

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Considered one of the better QB options in the 2014 draft class, Garoppolo was selected by New England in the fourth round and was expected to be incumbent Tom Brady's apprentice, and take the reins from him once the five-time Super Bowl champion retired.

The San Francisco 49ers are yet to lose a game with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. Photo / Getty Images
The San Francisco 49ers are yet to lose a game with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. Photo / Getty Images

With Brady still dominating the league at 40, Garoppolo was moved to San Francisco for a 2018 second-round draft pick already with two Super Bowl rings to his credit.

However, because Garoppolo was on the Patriots' roster for eight games before he was traded to the 49ers, he was eligible for payments from the league based on the Patriots' playoff performance. The New England side made it to the Super Bowl, and Garoppolo pocketed and extra NZ$148,000 as a result.

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