NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Total Access that Kaepernick's contract -- a pact that includes just $13 million in guaranteed money -- "really scares people who know Cam Newton very well."
The structure of Kaepernick's deal essentially allows the Niners to evaluate the quarterback on a year-to-year basis. There is a fear in Newton's circle that Kaepernick's deal is a sign of things to come in how teams do business with franchise quarterbacks.
According to Rapoport, guaranteed money is what counts for Newton, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Carolina Panthers. Newton wants a contract that will provide more guaranteed money and a higher yearly salary than what Kaepernick received.
You can safely assume that the agents for Newton and Andy Dalton won't be breaking bread with Kaepernick's people any time soon.