When the season ends, the San Francisco 49ers could simply apply the franchise tag to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to secure him for 2018. But speaking on the “49ers Insider Podcast” with Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, former 49ers’ quarterback Jeff Garcia noted that he thinks a long-term contract is more appropriate. “I say you have to lock it in for five years and build around him and not even worry about it any more,” Garcia said on the podcast, as transcribed by Maiocco. “I think you see everything that you would hope for and probably more than what you expected. … This young man is showcasing ability that can be locked in for a long time for this 49ers franchise.” In three games as the starter, Garoppolo has completed 68.1% of his passes for 1,008 yards with two touchdowns, two picks, and a 94.6 passer rating. Just as noteworthy is the team’s record. Before Garoppolo took over, San Francisco was easily one of the league’s worst teams, posting a 1-10 record. With Garoppolo being the only notable change, the 49ers have gone 3-0 in his starts.