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Ex-49ers QBs, current teammates rejoice at Garoppolo deal


Steve Young and Alex Smith enthusiastically endorsed Thursday's news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get paid more than anyone ever to work their old job as 49ers quarterback.

"Tremendously good news, and if I had $136 million, I would have given it to him," Young said as he and Smith golfed together at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

A text alert on Young's phone informed the former Niners on the front nine at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and neither had sticker shock at the figures: $137.5 million over five years, with $90 million guaranteed in the first three seasons, per ESPN.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 

"At this point, with guys you think can go win championships, you've got to get them locked up and pay the market (rate), that's how it works," Young said.

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