When you heard that Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year, $110 million contract (up to $126 million in incentives), your jaw probably hit the floor unless you’re a San Francisco 49ers fan. The team with the lowest number of passing attempts in the NFL last year just gave its 26-year-old quarterback $61 million in guaranteed money, the highest such total in NFL history. That means you’ll really be surprised to hear what Kaepernick included in the deal.
Colin Kaepernick specifically requested his deal allow 49ers flexibility to negotiate extensions with players such as WR Michael Crabtree.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 4, 2014
Kaepernick knows his emergence as as star signal-caller in the NFL had a lot to do with Michael Crabtree, who caught over half of Kaepernick’s completed passes in 2012 before missing most of the 2013 season due to injury.
Assuming he comes back healthy, Crabtree is going to need a nice, big contract extension as well and Kaepernick made sure his team is going to take care of his favorite target to ensure their future success together.
So while Kaepernick just became very rich while making a lot of other quarterbacks envious in the process, he also showed he’s a team player by understanding his teammates have to be taken care of for him to succeed.
Now the 49ers obviously need Kaepernick to continue improving, but a trip to the Super Bowl and a second straight NFC title game with him at the helm is definitely enough to lock him up long-term. Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise as San Francisco had this planned all along when it traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs following Kaepernick’s breakout season in the 49ers’ run to the Super Bowl two years ago.
So now that it’s all said and done, the team can focus on locking up its other stars for the foreseeable future, which means the 49ers will be a force in the NFC for a long time to come.