The details of Colin Kaepernick's contract, which runs through the 2020 season, have emerged.
CBS Sports has a breakdown. Here are some details:
The deal includes a record $61 million in injury guarantees. The guarantees are for performance and based annually.
The deal is worth $44 million over three years, $63 million over four years and $82 million over five years. The five-year average in total money would be $16.4 million, which is about equal to the average franchise tag for quarterbacks. But the 49ers can decide on moving away from Kaepernick on a year-to-year basis.
There are de-escalators of $2 million a season starting this season.
My take? The team is protecting itself, but it is also committing to Kaepernick with solid payments. The 49ers want him to be their quarterback for all six years of the contract. Don’t expect the 49ers to try to move away from Kaepernick. He is the future.
Basically, Kaepernick is betting on himself. He has motivation to perform for the life of the contract. That’s good for everyone involved.
I asked former Green Bay Packers salary-cap man Andrew Brandt his thoughts on the deal. He thinks it has advantages for both sides.
“I thought the 49ers traded the big numbers in order to get the pay-as-you-go, year-to-year structure that they like,” Brandt said. “[It] protects them from injury and/or downturn in performance if they want to walk away. Not a bad deal for [Kaepernick] due to the fact he had such an undervalued year absent an extension.”