Colin Kaepernick just got PAID by the San Francisco 49ers to the tune of a six-year, $126 million extension. That is big time QB money for a young player who has shown he has exceptional skills. I guess that's just the going rate for the cost of top quarterbacks these days.
For Kansas City Chiefs fans, this is a notable contract because of what's going on at home. The Chiefs are negotiating a new contract with Alex Smith. After seeing the Kaepernick numbers, I'm thinking:
- Kaepernick is younger and better than Alex. There's no way the Chiefs are paying Alex more than Kaepernick, right?
- I hope the Chiefs do a shorter deal than seven years. There are only a handful of quarterbacks in the league I would commit to for seven years.
- I hope the 49ers don't run Kaepernick into the ground. Chiefs are gonna need him in 2021.
There are no updates on Alex's deal. No one knows the type of money they're talking about right now, nor the length of any potential contracts. It seems every time the Chiefs express optimism about a deal getting done, "anonymous league sources" come out and express pessimism. In other words, it's operating like a normal NFL negotiation.
Reactions to Kaepernick's deal from Chiefs fans ...
@ArrowheadPride he's playing under the franchise next year. if there was a large gap before the Kaep deal it probably got larger— David⚾ (@KCKID116) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride honestly, between 14-17 million.— eric (@E_Dwaine) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride Let him play this year out and franchise him next year or look to Aaron Murray. Kaep just priced Alex out of a new deal.— Joe Siedlak (@JSiedlak) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride 3 year extension for $55 milly and $35 milly guaranteed.— KingFred (@AbstractLife) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride 5yr100Mil 25Grntd— Bradley Dowell (@BradleyDowell) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride I think it will be that $17-$18 million range.— Ben Mitchum (@BenMitchum) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride hopefully nothing even close to what kaep got. Maybe 3/5 of what he got.— Daltyn (@DaltynZimmerman) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride 18 and up— Countryboi567 (@Countryboi567) June 4, 2014
@ArrowheadPride Hearing differing amounts on dollars, $100-$126 million = $16-$21 million per year. Uh Oh!— James Stinson (@KC_JStinson66) June 4, 2014