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49ers GM John Lynch: We want Jimmy Garoppolo for a 'long, long time'

Ryan Hannable
January 03, 2018 - 9:39 am

Jimmy Garoppolo went 5-0 as a starter with the 49ers and now finds himself a free agent, but it doesn't appear he will be going anywhere.

The 49ers can either place the franchise tag on him or sign him to a long-term contract, and speaking to reporters on Tuesday, 49ers general manager John Lynch says the organization intends on keeping him for a "long, long time."

"Look, we want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time, and that process is going to take place here and we're eager to get that done, to have the opportunity," Lynch said.

Lynch said any contract negotiations would not be made public.

"I think one thing that we really believe is that those things should take place between us and his representatives, not occur and transpire in the public," Lynch said. "That's the way we're going to treat that. But you have our assurances and the fans do that we'd like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time."

Of course with all the success Garoppolo had and being 26 years old, he will be seeking a great deal of money. According to Lynch, that won't be a problem.

"We're going to work hard to try to keep him as a 49er for a long, long time," Lynch said. "We're really happy with the way he played. We think he's got some abilities that are unique, and we want him here."

Speaking as he cleaned out his locker, Garoppolo told reporters he enjoyed his time in the Bay Area this year, but didn't want to get into anything regarding his future.

"I like being here," Garoppolo said. "We had a good thing going at the end of this year. You know, we'll see what happens."

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