June 16, 2024

Another big expensive mistake for Las Vegas Raiders

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Jimmy Garoppolo became expensive mistake for Las Vegas Raiders as Tom Brady proven wrong

Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be released by the Las Vegas Raiders after he was suspended for two games by the NFL.

Things looked on the up for the quarterback when he was reunited with Josh McDaniels, his former coach from the New England Patriots in March 2023. But when the head coach was fired in October following a poor start to the season, it marked the beginning of the end for Garoppolo’s time in Nevada.

The 32-year-old quarterback has now been charged by the NFL for breaking their Performance Enhancing Substances Policy and will miss two weeks next season wherever he ends up playing. It has been suggested that Garoppolo used a prescribed medication without getting approval from the NFL, according to ESPN.

This was the last straw in a difficult season for Garoppolo, who struggled throughout 2023, throwing more interceptions than touchdown passes. To make matters worse, when interim coach Antonio Pierce took over as he decided to replace Garoppolo as a starter with rookie Aidan O’Connell, effectively ending the former’s season.

In a rather unfortunate turn of events, the Raiders’ decision to release Garoppolo before mid-March has resulted in a significant financial loss for both the player and the team. This change means that Garoppolo will not receive the $11.25 million (£8.93 million) roster bonus he was anticipating for the upcoming 2024 season.

Garoppolo’s contract, originally signed in 2023 for a three-year term worth $72.75 million (£57.73 million), included an $11.25 million (£8.93 million) signing bonus and a base salary of the same amount for that year. However, this arrangement was later modified, converting the $22.5 million (£17.85 million) into a base salary amount, subject to passing a medical examination in July.

Brady backed Garoppolo to succeed in 2023

In another twist, September brought about further alterations, as $21.3 million of this base salary was transformed into a signing bonus, with the addition of two void years to the contract. This recent development means that Garoppolo will not receive the remaining $11.25 million (£8.93 million), leaving him with a substantial financial loss

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