Did the 49ers grossly over­pay Colin Kaeper­nick?

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­news.com

On Wed­nes­day the San Fran­cisco 49ers de­cided to place star quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick in the elite club by pay­ing him an elite con­tract ex­ten­sion of six years worth up to $126 mil­lion with $61 mil­lion guar­an­teed, which now makes him one of the high­est paid play­ers in the NFL and netting him the most guar­an­teed money in NFL his­tory.

How­ever, I thought it was only the top elite play­ers and Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons who re­ceived those kind of pay days. Kaeper­nick de­serves a large con­tract, but he surely doesn’t de­serve to be one of the high­est paid play­ers in NFL his­tory. He hasn’t led this team to a Su­per Bowl Cham­pi­onship.

He led them to a Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance, but not a cham­pi­onship. And in that sea­son had Alex Smith not suf­fered a mild in­jury that forced Kaeper­nick into the start­ing lineup, we prob­a­bly wouldn’t even know who Colin re­ally was and is as a player.

Al­though, when his num­ber was called he stepped up and con­trib­uted and the team con­tin­ued to win games en route to leading them to Su­per Bowl 47.

How­ever, last sea­son af­ter Smith was traded away and Kaeper­nick was of­fi­cially the full time starter, his stats weren’t so spec­tac­u­lar. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t the best of the best. In 2013, he had 21 touch­downs, 8 in­ter­cep­tions, 3,197 pass­ing yards and a quar­ter­back rat­ing of 91.6. Not bad, but not among the best and the best stats are usu­ally what earn play­ers their high pay­ing deals.

When the New Or­leans Saints paid their star quar­ter­back Drew Brees a five-year con­tract worth up to $100 mil­lion with $60 mil­lion guar­an­teed, he was com­ing off of a his­toric record-break­ing sea­son and two sea­sons prior to that he had led the team to a Su­per Bowl vic­tory. So, his deal was well de­served.

The other rea­son I feel like Kaeper­nick was grossly over­paid has to do with his in­ci­dent in Mi­ami this off­sea­son. He didn’t suf- fer any jail time for it, but it still made some neg­a­tive head­lines and for that rea­son I thought the 49ers would have him play this sea­son out and ma­ture even more be­fore he was awarded this huge con­tract.

Kaeper­nick stated af­ter sign­ing his his­toric deal on Wed­nes­day that he is, “Try­ing to win as many Su­per Bowls as I can and I’m go­ing to make sure I’m worth ev­ery penny of this (con­tract).”

I’m not say­ing he can’t pull this off be­cause he has a great team with great play­ers and a great coach­ing staff and per­son­nel, I just be­lieve the Seat­tle Se- ahawks have some­thing to say about that state­ment and will cause him even more play­off grief in the near fu­ture.

So, what does Kaeper­nick’s huge deal mean for the rest of his elite team­mates? As we saw in Bal­ti­more af­ter Joe Flacco was awarded his huge pay day many of those Ravens play­ers who con­trib­uted to the team’s suc­cess that year left Bal­ti­more be­cause they felt there wasn’t enough for them to get paid like they de­served.

So, could this also be the fu­ture in San Fran­cisco as well? Only time will tell.

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