According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Colin Kaepernick won’t make $18 million per season for his next contract. Instead, he’ll make at least $20 million per year.
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.
As I first reported back in January, Kaepernick is perfectly willing to gamble on himself, a la Joe Flacco, and will play out his rookie contract if need be (he is signed through 2014). He won’t be doing any “bridge contracts” or “band-aid deals,” and I can tell you that an extension in the range of the Romos and Cutlers and Staffords simply is not happening.
I can’t imagine that Kaepernick is really worth $20 million a season. But then again he is a young quarterback that is learning and can only get better as time goes on.
We also have t realize that the 49ers aren’t going to let him walk and then start all over again with another quarterback, so they make something work.