The San Francisco 49ers have a few different people that they need to come to terms on new contracts with in the next year or so: Jim Harbaugh, Aldon Smith, perhaps Mike Iupati, and most certainly Colin Kaepernick. Despite the 49ers’ desire to strike a long-term deal with their star quarterback, they may prefer to be patient and come to an agreement next offseason. This would have a couple of benefits.
First and foremost, it would let both sides have another year to make a statement as to Kaepernick’s value. If Kaepernick has a great season, it would solidify his status as a soon-to-be top-paid QB. If he struggles somewhat, the 49ers may be able to talk him down to “only” $15 million a year or so.
Second, the 49ers have a couple of high-priced players that very well may not be on the books a year from now: Frank Gore and Carlos Rogers. Both will make around $6 million this year. With an increased cap and a lot of space freed up, a contract with Kaepernick will be a lot easier to negotiate.
There is, of course, the possibility of making a high-priced run at a free agent–be it a 49er or a guy from another team–which could also benefit from a year’s wait before Kaepernick breaks the bank.
The two sides will almost certainly come to an agreement. It just may come a tad bit later than first presumed.