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Jimmy Garoppolo happy to be back with Josh McDaniels in Las Vegas

3/18/2023 1:35:30 AM
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Jimmy Garoppolo's departure from San Francisco could be seen from the moment the 49ers traded up to select Trey Lance.

His next stop, though, almost seemed to fit too perfectly to end up becoming reality.

Garoppolo signed with the Las Vegas Raiders -- the former Bay Area rival of the 49ers and the current home of Garoppolo's former offensive coordinator, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels -- after six and a half seasons in San Francisco. The financial total: $72.75 million over three years, including $34 million in guaranteed money. And perhaps the most important element of it all: familiarity, Nick Shook of reports.

"Oh yeah," Garoppolo said Friday when asked if the Raiders were on his radar as he approached free agency. "Right off the bat actually, one of my agents gave me the first list of teams. Raiders were right up there. I have the familiarity with Josh, Dave (Ziegler) – the [general manager]. All that played a role."

Garoppolo cut his NFL teeth with the Patriots, joining New England as a second-round pick in the 2014 draft and sitting behind Brady for his first two seasons. He replaced a suspended Brady for what was supposed to be four games to start 2016, but ended up being only two starts.

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