If Colin Kaepernick resembles anything like his 2012 form this upcoming season, the Milwaukee native is going to earn himself a big payday. With his rookie contract up in 2015, the San Francisco 49ers are in line to compensate their young, franchise quarterback if the wins and success keep coming.
After winning the Super Bowl, Joe Flacco played his way to a six-year $120.6 million deal with $52 million in guarantees. Most recently, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a six-year $108 million extension which includes $55 million in guaranteed salary. Lastly, the Green Bay Packers are prepared to make Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in NFL history under a new extension.
So what’s in store for Kaepernick? Coming at a bargain-basement price, he is set to make just $740,844 in base salary for 2013. But after the season, the 49ers can negotiate an extension with the former 36th-overall pick.
In just 10 career starts, Kaepernick has already set records and came so close to seizing the 49ers’ sixth Lombardi title. Given his tireless work ethic and athletic ability, the sky’s the limit for him. His skill set is single-handedly revolutionizing the game.
While the arrow is pointing upward, Kaepernick must prove himself once again for a full season. Having an offseason to prepare for the 6’4’’ quarterback, teams should be better prepared for the Pistol offense and his tendencies. Every opponent will circle his name when they face San Francisco.
On top of possessing that winning quality that he has demonstrated so far, Kaepernick will continue to receive numerous endorsement offers. With the tattoos and “Kaepernicking,” the signal-caller has already developed into a brand. As the price of each “franchise” quarterback increases, Kaepernick looks to profit.
Despite the small sample size, the Nevada product is distinguishing himself as a premier player in the league. There is still a ways to go before the 49ers and Kaepernick can talk, but the ball is in his court. 2013 marks not only a big year for the team, but for Kaepernick as well.
Very few players are worthy of record-breaking deals. However, Kaepernick has the potential worthy of such a contract. Keeping the former second-round pick in San Francisco brings many benefits to the organization that can’t be measured in Benjamins.