Colin Kaepernick signed his first NFL contract back in 2011 as a rookie, a four-year deal worth $5.124 million, of which $3.8 million was guaranteed.
Next season, 2014, will mark the final year of Colin’s current contract, and the 49ers will be looking at a cap friendly deal, especially with the likes of Michael Crabtree, Aldon Smith, Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, and Glenn Dorsey up at the end of next season and Anquan Boldin and Donte Whitner set to be free agents come March.
In 23 starts, Kaepernick sports a 17-6 record and including the playoffs, his win-loss record runs up to 21-8 with a Super Bowl appearance and three road wins. He’s taken the league by storm, set several team and league records, and above all, has proved to be a game changer for the 49ers.
In the final year of his rookie deal, what kind of contract could Kaepernick be looking at that both pays his worth and doesn’t handicap a Super Bowl contending 49ers squad?
Well, Aaron Rodgers is currently the highest annually paid QB in the league at $22 million after signing a 5-year deal worth $110 million last season. Three time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady ranks 13th on the QB list at $11.4 million a season after signing a 3-year extension at the age of 35.
Considering Kaepernick’s resume and youth (26 years old), he could easily command Top 5 money.
Drew Brees signed his contract in 2012, 5 years, $100 million with $40 million guaranteed while Tony Romo signed his contract last season, a 6 year deal worth $108 million with $40 million guaranteed.
Expect Kaepernick’s deal to be in the range of $17 to $18 million a season, placing him between what Eli Manning and Tony Romo’s deals are worth. A 6-year $100 million contract with around $35-40 million guaranteed with incentives (Division champs, Super Bowl victory, Pro Bowl appearance, and yes, winning in Seattle) sound about right as to what Kaepernick could expect.
This would look to be a fair contract offer that pays Kaepernick as one of the top 5-6 QBs in the league and hopefully, leaves money on the table to keep Crabtree, Boldin, Gore and others around as the 49ers look towards the possibility of hosting Super Bowl XLIX in their home stadium.