NBC sports and the NFL is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers have just signed Colin Kaepernick to a six year extension worth up to $126 million with around $61 million guaranteed.
My first reaction was “wow”. Not a fan of the deal for the 49ers one bit (even though I don’t like them as a team). If they want to keep all their talent in tact that steals them games (which isn’t Kaepernick, it’s their front seven on defense as well as their star studded core on offense as well as the o-line) then this will handcuff them in a few years.
The only way it will look “good” is if Kaepernick improves gradually year by year, which he hasn’t shown signs of (yet). Someone brought up that Joe Flacco and Albert Haynesworth after getting their massive contracts had banner years as a sarcastic joke. That is indeed true.
When watching the 49ers play last year Kaepernick no doubt helped the offense control the clock with his running and their run game. However, he didn’t really take over many games unless they were against the weakest teams (and Green Bay, sorry). The front seven was the whole reason that team was as dominant as they were. It’s very hard to score touchdowns on them when they are playing lights out.
A 49ers fan however retorted with a good argument that this is in fact a good move by Baalke and co. due to the fact the Seahawks now may have to pay a ransom to Russell Wilson (who just won the superbowl). Perhaps, we will have to wait and see on that.
The 49ers and Hawks have two of the best defenses in the league when they are on and when you look at their offensive cores they are both quite star studded (Marshawn Lynch is slightly better than Frank Core while the 49ers receiving core is better than the Hawks slightly, etc). You could put an average quarterback behind either team and they would still be slightly above .500. The point being Wilson and Kaepernick are no Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning.
Until then, we will have to wait and see how this plays out. In a few years we may be laughing at the 49ers or watching them win multiple Lombardis.