Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) carries the ball during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

Colin Kaepernick new 49ers contract to be $15-16 million minimum annually

The San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have begun talks to work towards a contract extension. Kaepernick is grossly underpaid still playing under his four-year $5.9 million rookie contract and will make only $973,766 in 2014.

That doesn’t sound like the salary of a quarterback who has led his team to two NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. Kaepernick could be looking for a large pay increase but how much?

From Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:

Kaepernick said during Super Bowl week that he’s open to striking a balance between what he wants and what’s best for the team salary structure, and from what I’ve heard, nothing said over the weekend contradicted that.

Of course, the parameters of “balance” could mean different things to both sides–does that mean Kaepernick will ask for $20M per instead of $22M? Or does it mean he’ll talk about $16M-17M per with steps to get him up to $20M?

Either way, it sounds like $15M to $16M is the floor for an average salary here, which is a lot higher than I originally thought and would bring Kaepernick near the top echelon of QB salaries.

That is a lot of money and would put him amongst the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

[UPDATE:] Editor’s note, the post said “three straight NFC Championship games.” The 49ers have been to three straight NFC Championship games, but Kaepernick was only the quarterback for two of them. Our apologies.

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  • KWS13

    Kaepernicks only led then to 1.5 NFC Championships, came in more than halfway through last year and replaced Alex Smith as starter, who was doing great but missed one game with an injury and lost his job

    • Travis Crouch

      Yea I love how everyone says he is a great qb but they much not watch him he is a good runner he has not won to many games on his arm he is not accurate and he does not know how to put his touch on it I think is funny how it was Alex’s foult for all there loses but when kap losses it’s ceappy wr but if you look at who was Alex’s wrs and kaps wrs kap had the way better wrs and still when he had the chance to drive down and win against Seattle he throws two ints and fumbles he is over rated so far with his three playoff games to Smiths one he still did not throw more gfs then him

  • Russ Button

    Journalism isn’t what it used to be. Clearly nobody reviewed this guy’s article. He just wrote it up and hit “submit”. To state that Kaepernick has taken the Niners to three NFC championships is the kind of high school level error that gets made by someone who really doesn’t do his homework. Do they really pay this guy for this kind of writing? Clearly they aren’t paying for an editor…

    Kaepernick himself realizes that he can be another overpaid QB and then have a lot of nobodies to play with because they won’t be able to afford the Anquon Boldin and Michael Crabtree grade players he needs to be successful. More than most sports, football is a team game that requires an intense level of cooperation and in-the-moment understanding between players.

    Sure it’s a business and players have to make the money while they can, but they also play to win championships because after their very short career is over, that championship will always be theirs. Kaepernick himself has already said that he feels he should be paid according to his value to the team, but that he shouldn’t be paid so much he can’t have the good players around him he needs to succeed. Can we say “Joe Flacco”?

  • Andrew

    He has not led them to three NFC championship games. You need to be more thorough in your research.