Over the next three years, Kaepernick is set to earn $44.17 million -- sixth among NFL quarterbacks.
NFL contracts are tricky because there are so many contingencies, clauses, bonuses and de-escalators. Since we have found that the easiest comparison tool is that three-year window, let's take a look at other quarterbacks in line for new contracts -- and what they might be expected to earn over three years.
Under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement, Luck and Wilson are not even eligible for new contracts until next offseason. I believe Luck has the highest ceiling of any young quarterback in the league. And I think most executives, coaches and scouts share that sentiment. Wilson might not be as physically gifted, but he does bring the heft of a Super Bowl ring to the table.
Kansas City is prepared to wield the franchise tag next offseason if Smith doesn't lower his asking price. Cincinnati appears to be in a similar quagmire with Dalton.
Here are seven more takeaways from Thursday's OTAs:
- The Seattle Seahawkscontinue to morph into the NFL's version of the unconventional, innovative San Antonio Spurs. Just as the Spurs rest their stars throughout the season to prepare for the playoffs, the Seahawks plan to lighten Marshawn Lynch's regular-season load in a committee attack. Brace yourself for an endless string of Christine Michaelhighlight clips this season.