One of the lone bright spots in the season for the San Francisco 49ers was the continued development of young quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After taking the team to the Super Bowl the previous season, Kaepernick led the 49ers to another berth in the NFC Championship where the team fell just short of a return trip to the big game. Kaepernick has now proven that he was not just a one hit wonder and has earned the franchise quarterback moniker. Over the past two seasons, Kaepernick has solidified himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the game and deserves to be paid like one.
San Francisco needs to make signing free agents a priority, but Kaepernick should be the first 49ers player to receive a contract extension this offseason. Kaepernick has one year remaining on his rookie contract in which he is scheduled to make less than $1 million. Kaepernick’s dual-threat approach makes him one of the more valuable quarterbacks in the game, and in a time when contracts are skyrocketing, Kaepernick should be on the higher end of the market.
Over the past year, several quarterbacks have procured mind-boggling extensions, and Kaepernick has already out-produced them in his short career. Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo and Jay Cutler all received contracts over the past year that pay them around $18 million a season, and the numbers show Kaepernick is worth even more than that.
Stafford has an average QBR of 53.3 in the regular season and is 0-1 in the postseason. Romo has an average QBR of 63.4 in the regular season with a postseason QBR of 50.4 and a record of 1-3. Cutler’s average QBR in the regular season is 56.4 but drops to 39.1 in the postseason where he has a record of 1-1. Kaepernick’s regular season QBR is 69.9 and rises to 87.5 in the postseason where he has a record of 4-2 including a Super Bowl appearance.
The numbers illustrate that Kaepernick is due for a major pay increase, and his electrifying play on the field has 49ers fans supporting this move. Kaepernick should get a franchise quarterback deal this offseason and continue to lead the 49ers to new heights in the future.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.