San Francisco 49ers Rumors: Colin Kaepernick Not Worth $18 Million Per Season

By Andrew Fisher
Colin Kaepernick
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San Francisco 49ers fans knew this time was coming.

Thanks to the way rookie contracts are structured these days, the Niners have been getting a bargain on Colin Kaepernick over the past couple of years. Even if Kaep had been drafted in the first round back in 2011, he wouldn’t have made close to what he could have seven or eight years ago. But the way it stands right now, the speedy QB is making an average salary of ‘just’ $1.2 million per season.

Obviously, Kaepernick is due a big raise once his contract comes up for renewal at the end of 2014. But just how much money will he be looking for? According to football personality Pete Prisco, he’ll be looking for $18 million per season.

As crazy as that number sounds, it’s about right for franchise QBs these days. If you’ll remember, Joe Flacco signed a new contract worth over $20 million per season after he won Super Bowl 47. But the key phrase there is ‘after he won’ the Super Bowl. That’s something Kaep has yet to do. On top of that, he hasn’t exactly proven himself as elite.

Is the speedy QB with a cannon for an arm worth a truckload of money? You bet. I think most football fans can agree that Kaep is for real, but the kind of money he’s allegedly seeking, just isn’t realistic.

Now if he goes out and wins the SB next season, then by all means, he’s worth $18 million. Until then, I’d say he’s at minimum a double-digit millions guy.


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