May 25, 2024

Ex-GM: 49ers can avoid breaking the bank on Purdy extension

There’s no question the San Francisco 49ers are reaping the benefits of having quarterback Brock Purdy still on a rookie contract.

Eligible for an extension next offseason, Purdy has two more years left on the rookie deal that’s afforded the 49ers an opportunity to pay some of their other stars like edge-rusher Nick Bosa and receiver Deebo Samuel plus sign top free agents like defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

And while Purdy has a strong case to be one of, if not the highest-paid QB in the NFL in 2025, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum recently stated during an appearance on “NFL Live” that San Francisco might be able to convince Purdy not to reset the market.

“Well, he’ll have basically one year left after this year, and then of course, they could franchise him,” Tannenbaum said . “So I don’t expect him to be at the very top of the market — the 52-, 53-, 54-million-dollar range — maybe somewhere in the mid-40s, and (they) say to Brock Purdy, ‘We could give you a massive guarantee, a really good average per year, maybe make you top eight or nine, but we’re not completely at the top of the market because, again, we could at least wait two more years.’ So I would think they’ll find some middle ground.”