Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs into the tunnel after they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, LB Aldon Smith to Leave Money on the Table?

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San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback Colin Kaepernick can now sign a contract extension, as can fellow 3-year veteran Aldon Smith. These two players may command salaries much less than what they are worth, but for different reasons.

Aldon Smith, as has been well-documented, faces legal issues stemming from multiple incidents leading up to a stint in rehab this season. If he gets an extension, which is by no means guaranteed yet, he will likely get one for far less than his on-field performance would otherwise suggest.

Kaepernick, on the other hand, is expected by most to earn a salary of around $18 million a year. Though the 49ers could certainly make this happen by cutting costs at other positions, the gigantic jump–from less than $1 million this past year–would make it extremely difficult to keep free agents or sign impact players. Kaepernick realizes this, as he mentioned to Mike and Mike yesterday when asked about his contract negotiations:

I think it’s a balance. You want to be paid fairly for what you feel like you’re doing in comparison to your peers. But at the same time, you have to realize, if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want to get Donte Whitner to come back, we’re going to have to make moves to get them back. And there has to be room for everyone.

That’s something I’m going to let my agent and the organization try and figure out. But hopefully, it’s a position where we can assemble the best team we need.

If Kaepernick can save the 49ers enough money to, say, sign both Donte Whitner and Anquan Boldin, the 49ers will have a much greater chance of Super Bowl success next season. Even without them, the 49ers should be a very good team. Kaepernick may be criticized quite often by “haters” due to tattoos and his previously off-putting responses to media inquiries, but with comments like this–especially should he follow through–he shows the genuine unselfish player he truly is.

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  • loverpoint

    Colin Kaepernick is a well grounded person. His priorities are not about money only. He wants to do what is best to put his team in position to win a Super Bowl. I’m the 49ers are telling Aldon Smith that his big paychecks are just around the corner if he can keep himself out of trouble and fulfill his goal of breaking the single season sack record.

    What should concern Jed York, Trent Baalke, and Jim Harbaugh is that Kaepernick will plain and simply ignore any offers of the 49ers and go to another team that will allow him to blossom as a QB. I’m sure Kaepernick noticed in 2013 how Alex Smith blossomed under a new Offensive Coordinator.

    What has made Kaepernick blossom ? Andy Reid has an Offensive Game Plan that allows his QB to throw to RB’s out of the backfield, those short little passes to RB’s that put on huge amounts of YAC are what really sweeten a QB’s stats.

  • Monzell Lamar Lewis

    Cap on money situations going be hard, they can slide this year however after that it’s down hill pay few players a lot of money the rest are hit and miss and SF will start sinking plus age and replacing players it will be a nightmire