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Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Colin Kaepernick in line to make at least $18M or more per season

Many people discovered Colin Kaepernick for the first time last year when he took over for an injured Alex Smith and led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl. But it was the quarterback’s second year in the NFL which means this upcoming season is a contract year for Kaepernick.

According to CBS Sports insider Jason LaCanfora, Kaepernick is in line for a huge payday, one that can only grow larger depending on the outcome of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. LaCanfora stated on the NFL Today pregame show that if Kaepernick plays well against the Seahawks, there’s no reason why he won’t command at least $18 million per season on his new contract.

Should Kaepernick win and make it to the Super Bowl, LaCanfora hears that $18 million would likely be a lock at the very least, and a Super Bowl win could mean Kaepernick becomes one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

Joe Flacco’s contract was tossed out as an example of what Kaepernick can likely expect no matter if the Niners make it to the Super Bowl or not, but he noted that it’s also possible for the quarterback to opt out of contract talks and try to put together another season like this next year and try to double his money.

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