04 Jun 2014
Russell Wilson licks his lips...
Reportedly there's $61 million in guaranteed money. That's kind of unbelievable, so some of it is probably guaranteed only for injury. Full terms not out yet.
Kaepernick was set to make only $1.073 million in 2014, so kudos to him for cashing in at a time when seemingly every starting quarterback gets at least $16 million per year. Alex Smith and Andy Dalton, please contact your agents.
Just 10 years ago Peyton Manning set a record for contracts with his seven-year deal worth $99.2 million ($14.17M annually). Kaepernick will be at least the 16th player, based on rankings at Spotrac, to exceed that annual amount in 2014.
So far, no NFL player has completed a contract worth over $100 million, though Ben Roethlisberger needs to play the next two seasons in Pittsburgh to complete his eight-year deal from 2008. Kaepernick, who turns 27 in November, should be entering his prime, but as history shows, the large contract is rarely a predictor of long-term success.
38 comments, Last at 06 Jun 2014, 3:54pm by Perfundle
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