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How Much Money Should It Take To Sign Colin Kaepernick?

The San Francisco 49ers are facing a big decision. Their contract talks with Colin Kaepernick have slowed down. The contract demands are said to be in the neighborhood of $18 million per year. Should the 49ers give Kaepernick this kind of deal?

The answer to that question is yes. According to, the Chicago Bears gave Jay Cutler  a deal that pays him $126 million over seven years. The contract has an average of  $18 million per year. Kaepernick hasn’t put up the regular season numbers that Cutler has but he has stepped up when it matters most, the playoffs. Cutler is entering his ninth NFL season having only played in two career playoff games. Kaepernick is going into his fourth season having already started six playoff games.

Unlike Cutler, Kaepernick led his team to three road wins in hostile places such as at Atlanta and Green Bay. Another thing that stands out is how his numbers improved during the playoffs. His average per completion increased 1.66 yards in the 2012 playoffs. He also threw four touchdowns in three playoff games as opposed to ten touchdowns during the eight regular season games that he started in 2012.

Kaepernick has made the necessary plays to help his team win in the 2013 playoffs. His dual threat ability made it hard for teams to stop him. Earl Thomas spoke highly of Kaepernick after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Thomas said; “To watch that guy take over the game — he did a heck of a job of making play after play. That’s a special player right there. He plays for the 49ers, one of our biggest rivals, but I have to take my hat off to him.”

Let’s compare a few other quarterbacks that have signed a deal in the range that Kaepernick wants via

Joe Flacco 6 $120,600,000 $20,100,000 $29,000,000               27
Aaron Rodgers 4 $110,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000                30
Matt Ryan 6 $103,750,000 $17,291,666 $42,000,000                 27
Matthew Stafford 3 $53,000,000 $17,666,666 $33,500,000                 25
Averages 5 $96,837,500 $19,264,583 $31,125,000 26

It is safe to say that Kaepernick should be paid on the same level as Matt Ryan and Matt Stafford. He has led his team deeper into the playoffs than either of the two quarterbacks. He brings an element that they lack, the ability to win with his arm or his legs.

The dynamic playmaking aspect that Kaepernick brings is rare. Ron Jaworksi of ESPN said that Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever because of his skill set. That may be a stretch, but the message is clear, he is a talent that must be retained.

Kaepernick is capable of breaking off a long touchdown run from anywhere. He can scramble for first downs in third and long situations. The way he gets out of bounds before the defense can get a hit on him is deflating to a defense.

Kaepernick should get paid right on par with the average salary of the above mentioned quarterbacks. That would mean that  his deal should be around six years, $116,500,000. This would give him an average of $19.1 million.


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