If you’ve been watching the NFL at all the last two seasons, then you’ve noticed that Colin Kaepernick has been playing on a level that is about to get him paid some serious dollars from the San Francisco 49ers. The team that seemingly can’t miss on a quarterback has struck gold again with Kapernick and it’s likely that he’ll get a fat extension this offseason.
Many believe that this could end up crippling the 49ers, who haven’t been very extravagant in their free agent spending but aren’t wealthy with riches either. If Kaepernick gets a huge extension that pays him $20 million a year or more, that could make bringing guys back very hard.
This is the very reason that Kaepernick is hinting that he would be open to taking less money in order for free agents to return or be signed in the offseason and future offseasons.
“I think it’s a balance. You want to be paid fairly for what you feel like you’re doing in comparison to your peers,” Kaepernick said. “But at the same time, you have to realize, if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want Donte Whitner to come back, we’re going to have to make moves to get them back. And there has to be room for everyone. And that’s something I’m going to let my agent and the organization try to figure out. But hopefully, it’s a position where we can assemble the best team we need.”
There’s no guarantee that Kaepernick can agree to a low enough price to afford all of this, but the fact that he’s open to it goes to show what kind of amazing leader he really is for the 49ers.