Love him or hate him, Colin Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers‘ starting quarterbacks for years to come.
Colin Kaepernick and 49ers reached agreement on 6-year extension worth over $100 million tying him to team through 2020, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 4, 2014
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news. The 49ers recently started talking to Kaepernick about the extension, but word is finally official. Although his 2013 season was subpar to say the least, Kaepernick has now been guaranteed the most money out of any NFL player of all time. While Kaepernick could make up to $126 million with the contract, $60 million of it is guaranteed.
It’s pretty crazy that the Nevada product was Alex Smith‘s backup just a year and a half ago. Right now the 49ers are a step behind the rival Seattle Seahawks, but signing Kaepernick to a long-term deal only helps. The deal will pay the quarterback around $20 million a year.
If the 49ers’ offense can stay healthy in 2014, it will be one of the best in the league. Last season, Michael Crabtree was injured for the majority of the season and Crabtree is Kaepernick’s favorite target. Crabtree’s presence also opens up the field for Vernon Davis. Kaepernick is one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league, and it will be interesting to see what he can do with the trio of Carlos Hyde, Frank Gore and LaMichael James in the backfield with him.
Time will tell if this deal was worth it for the 49ers, but by the looks of it, this one was a win for San Francisco. The quarterback position is by far the most important on an NFL team, and Kaepernick has the potential to become even better. With the right group around him, Kaepernick can be in the conversation with Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson for the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.