The San Francisco 49ers made extending the contract of quarterback Colin Kaepernick one of their main offseason priorities.
The two sides have already held preliminary discussions on a deal and rumors hinted that San Francicso will likely have to pay their signal caller upwards of $18 million dollars a deal.
But not according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports who suggests San Francisco will need to pony up the cash and pay $20 million per season to keep Kaepernick by the Bay.
"Colin Kaepernick won’t be signing any contract for $18 million a season. Not for $18.5 million per year, either. The idea he would be happy to land a deal in the range of what Tony Romo or Jay Cutler is earning is a complete and total misnomer. Ain’t happenin’.So I’ll let you in on a little secret: The 49ers already know this. Unequivocally. Their negotiations with their young franchise quarterback are still in their infancy, but they are quite aware there aren’t any bargain deals to be had here. Far from it. Talks with Kaepernick, if they truly get off the ground, will begin at $20 million a year."
An extra $2 million dollars (when you’re already paying a rumored $18) isn’t exactly a deal breaker, but as we’ve seen with salary cap strapped teams – an additional $2 million can be somewhat problematic – especially if you don’t structure your cap with a fine toothed comb.