Reports: 49ers want to sign Kaepernick to mega-deal before camp opens
MAR 26, 2014 5:38a ET
Russell Wilson is all of seven weeks removed from winning a Super Bowl, and already it looks like he has enough fodder to give a season-long chip on his shoulder the size of Puget Sound.
When Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to win the Super Bowl in February 2013, he did so as a pending free agent. After the Ravens struck gold, Flacco did, too, signing a six-year, $120.6 million contract.
This past season, Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to the best record in the NFC and ultimately Super Bowl XLVIII, where he outdueled Peyton Manning en route to the Seahawks' 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos.
The QB Wilson beat in the NFC Championship Game to get to the Super Bowl? San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.
And how much money will Wilson, projected in some reports capable of becoming a nine-figure (that's $100 million-plus) and holder of the top-selling jersey in the NFL, make in 2014?
$662,234 base, according to Forbes. And per the collective bargaining agreement, third-year QBs like Wilson are locked into their rookie contracts.
Well ... guess who just fulfilled his third season and reportedly may receive a mega-extension before the start of training camp?
Yup, Colin Kaepernick.
According to CSNBayArea.com, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said getting Kaepernick signed to a big-money extension before the start of camp is a priority for the club.
"We’re going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp. That’s the objective right now, as it stands," Baalke said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
According to CSN, the team and Kaepernick's agent, Scott Smith, have held preliminary talks. The fourth-year QB is in the final year of his rookie contract and is reportedly scheduled to make $1.073 million in base and bonuses this coming season. CSN reported that is roughly half of the $2.011 million Blaine Gabbert, a first-round bust in Jacksonville recently traded to San Francisco to back up Kaepernick, will make.
Kaepernick became a starter during the 2012 season, his second in the league. The 2011 second-round pick is 21-8 with the two NFC title game appearances and the one Super Bowl loss. And to his credit, he did finish third in NFL jersey sales this past season (Manning was second).
As for how much that new contract would be worth?
According to a group-interview transcript posted by the San Jose Mercury News, 49ers CEO Jed York said:
"You know, I think there’s a lot that he’s done that put him in that position where he should be paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the league, whether we get it done now or later. We hope we get it done soon. If we don’t, I don’t think it’s going to be acrimonious."
As for Russell, two things are virtually assured. First, if he is upset, he likely won't let anyone know it publicly. Second, as upset as he could be now, imagine how happy he'll be this time next year, when his payday comes due.