San Francisco 49ers ink star quarterback Colin Kaepernick to six-year deal

June 4, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed QB Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Other outlets have reported that the deal is worth over $110 million, with a record $61 million guaranteed.

The key to the deal is a below-market $12 million signing bonus, in theory providing the team enough financial flexibility to keep receiver Michael Crabtree and some of Kaepernick's other weapons.

“Colin’s hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “His work ethic, leadership and on-field production have positively influenced our team, and we look forward to his continued growth in all areas.

The 49ers are banking on the 26-year-old Kaepernick continuing his steady improvement and eventually leading San Francisco to a championship with his dual-threat ability.

Kaepernick (6-4, 230) was originally selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the 49ers, and has played in 32 games (23 starts), completing 382 of 639 pass attempts for 5,046 yards and 31 touchdowns.

He has started all six postseason games in which he has appeared, including two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. In those games, he posted four wins and threw for 1,374 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 94 of 162 pass attempts. He has also rushed for 507 yards and four touchdowns on 51 rushing attempts in the playoffs. Kaepernick’s 507 rushing yards ranks second among all quarterbacks in NFL postseason history (Steve Young – 594 yards).

In his first career postseason start, Kaepernick set the NFL single-game rushing record (regular season and postseason) by a quarterback with 181 yards versus Green Bay (1/12/13). Kaepernick led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII having made only nine career starts, the third fewest starts among all quarterbacks in NFL history to start a Super Bowl.

In 2013, Kaepernick started all 16 regular season games, and all three postseason contests, setting career highs in completions (243), passing yards (3,197), and passing touchdowns (21), while also recording 92 rushing attempts for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

By Staff of and news services

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