Come late July, Colin Kaepernick could be celebrating his riches.
CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers want to complete the franchise quarterback’s contract extension before the start of training camp.
Already deemed a “high priority” by coach Jim Harbaugh, Kaepernick’s deal will have to wait until after June 1, when Carlos Rogers‘ release becomes official, freeing up $6.6 million in cap room. As it stands now, the Niners have just $592,000 with which to maneuver.
Kaepernick, who’s signed through 2014, currently counts $1.63 million against the team’s cap, but that number figures to balloon after he puts pen to paper.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported in March that Kaep’s new pact will pay him at least $20 million per season, potentially surpassing the six-year, $120.6 million contract Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed in 2013.
In the last two seasons, the 26-year-old Kaepernick has led San Fran to consecutive NFC Championship games, as well as an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. Given his impressive resume, it’s hard to say he’s not deserving of what’s coming to him.
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