The San Francisco 49ers are looking to lock down quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a long-term deal but so far that hasn’t happened. One of the sticking points so far seems to be price, as the third-year veteran has been to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl and he wants to be paid as such.
As of right now it appears that $18 million per season is the price Kaepernick is asking for, and that’s a price that the Niners may not be able to pay.
The 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick began discussions on a new contract extension at the combine, and sources tell us that the three-year veteran wants a deal similar or slightly better than the ones given to Jay Cutler ($18.1 million per year, $38 million guarantee) and Tony Romo ($18 million per year, $40 million guarantee). … the quarterback would be willing to play the 2014 season at his base salary of $973,766 and postpone negotiations until next offseason instead of signing a below-market deal.
San Francisco won’t lose Kaepernick, as they’ll do everything they can to make sure he stays on roster. But it’s going to be a tense negotiation and the Niners will need to be careful about how they proceed.