The San Francisco 49ers really, really are in love with their quarterback. Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year, $126 million extension with the team. The deal includes a whopping $61 million in guaranteed money, which is the most ever given to an NFL player in one contract. The deal will keep Kaepernick in San Francisco through the 2020 season.
In just around one and a half seasons as the 49ers starter behind center, the former University of Nevada standout has led his team to a 17-6 record and helped them go back-to-back NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance two years ago.
This past season, he went 243-416 (58.4%) for 3,197 yards, 21 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in the air. He also had 92 rushing attempts for 524 yards and four touchdowns. In 2012, he went 136-218 (62.4%) for 1,814 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 415 yards and five touchdowns.
At 6’4 and 240 pounds, he can withstand the demands of being a two-way player in both the passing game and the running game.
But, hold on a second. At 26-years old, and after having been the starter for just one and a half seasons, you’re telling me that Kaepernick deserves the richest guaranteed money contract ever in the history of the NFL? No way. He has played in just 32 career games over three seasons!
Granted, his career passing numbers of 5,046 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions are impressive, but the top-tier quarterbacks put up those numbers in a single season… not in parts of 32 career games.
Last season, Kaepernick ranked No. 20 out of NFL starters in terms of passing yards and 17th in passing touchdowns. Five signal-callers had more touchdowns in just last season than Kaepernick did in his entire career up until now (Tony Romo – 31, Philip Rivers – 32, Andy Dalton – 33, Drew Brees – 39, Peyton Manning – 55).
In 19 games last season, including the playoffs, Kaepernick threw for less than 200 yards. Think about that one for a second.
Cam Newton, Alex Smith, and Dalton, who are all awaiting contract extensions in the near future, must be smiling at this one.
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