Kaepernick Seeking $18 million per year

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Reports have surfaced that Colin Kaepernick is looking for a Jay Cutler type deal. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe had this to say regarding the contract talks between Kap’s camp and the 49ers.

The 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick began discussions on a new contract extension at the combine, and sources tell us that the three-year veteran wants a deal similar or slightly better than the ones given to Jay Cutler ($18.1 million per year, $38 million guarantee) and Tony Romo ($18 million per year, $40 million guarantee). While no one expects the 49ers to let Kaepernick go anywhere, we hear that if the 49ers don’t get in Kaepernick’s range, the quarterback would be willing to play the 2014 season at his base salary of $973,766 and postpone negotiations until next offseason instead of signing a below-market deal.

Not long after Pro Football Talk tweeted the reports on this type of deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com chimed in.

It isn’t surprising that a new deal for Kaepernick would be in the Cutler range, but can the 49ers justify paying him that only after 20+ starts? It will certainly be interesting to watch the 49ers handle this situation.

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