SB Nation:Jimmy Garoppolo is going to get paid from the result of Super Bowl LII, regardless of outcome. He’s also going to get more money than Tom Brady after being traded from the Patriots to the 49ers the day before Halloween.
Article 37.4.c in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement states the following:
A player who at the time of the game in question is not on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game but was on the Active or Inactive List for eight or more games (i.e., regular or postseason) will receive the full amount designated in Section 2 for such game provided he is not under contract to another Club in the same Conference at the time of the game in question.
With that, the CBA allows Garoppolo and the rest of the Patriots to get $112,000 for the Super Bowl if the Patriots win and $56,000 if they lose.
Well, Garoppolo should take home more money after income taxes. He won’t be traveling to Minnesota for the game — because he doesn’t play for the Patriots — and will not have to be subject to the state income tax rate of 9.85%. To put this in the simplest of terms: For each day that Brady spends in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, his tax bill gets higher. Garoppolo doesn’t have to worry about that. California state income tax (13.3%) is higher than Minnesota’s, but the state also requires a continuous presence in the state to be an actual resident first.
Watching Jimmy G bring those lowly 49ers backup from awful to pretty good was incredible to see. I would say it was one of the best sports stories of 2017, but maybe I’m a little biased. Anyway, Jimmy G getting paid more than Tom from Super Bowl LII is just because of a couple tax technicalities. Just some nerd stuff that jumps way above my head – I’m just surprised that Darren Rovell hasn’t been all over this yet. With that being said, this is just another subtle reminder how bad that trade was for the Pats.
You would really be nitpicking to try and find a lot of front office mistakes by New England – but this one sticks out like a sore thumb. Hopefully, by some miracle Jimmy G doesn’t sign an extension, and rolls back to New England when Brady retires. Honestly, I think that is more false hope, it was reported that Jimmy G & the 49ers have common interests on the extension. Only hope we have is that John Lynch lowballs him and Belichick gives him record money.