How did we get here? Well, the Raiders wanted Tom Brady. He retired. For good. They were never really in on Aaron Rodgers because of what he would cost in terms of trade, money and patience (he is holding the Packers and Jets hostage as we write this).
Fine. They would draft their next quarterback. There are four top prospects in the NFL Draft, and depending on which way the wind blew, the Raiders really liked Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and/or Florida’s Anthony Richardson. The problem is, the Raiders pick seventh and there is an excellent chance both will be gone by then. They inquired with the Bears about what they wanted for the No. 1 pick, but when the demonic voice on the other end said “everything” and chuckled, the Raiders knew they needed another plan.
And that, boys and girls, is how Jimmy Garoppolo became the new quarterback of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.
Garoppolo, 31, agreed to a three-year deal worth $72.75 million. It’s basically a two-year contract for $45 million (with a salary-cap hit this year of $16.3 million and bonuses that can kick the two-year value up to $48 million). The Raiders could get out of it after one season for the $33.75 million guaranteed at signing, but that wouldn’t make any sense.
No, Garoppolo is a two-year bridge quarterback — to what exactly, we can’t tell yet. The Raiders will still draft a quarterback next month, but probably not in the first round anymore.