49ers Restructure Colin Kaepernick’s Deal?

SATURDAY, 9:30am: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (via Twitter) has some details on Kaepernick’s new contract.

$2MM in future potential bonuses will now be guaranteed, which is a significant payday for the quarterback. Furthermore, the new contract now features several incentives that are connected to playing time.

FRIDAY, 5:50pm: This is “far from a done deal,” tweets Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Maiocco notes that it could still happen, however.

3:05pm: The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick have reached agreement on a restructuring of his contract, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (Twitter links).

Colin Kaepernick (vertical)

The new deal should alleviate concerns regarding the quarterback’s injury guarantees. Meanwhile, it will also give Kaepernick an opportunity to void his deal after this season should he outperform his contract. The deal effectively does away with No. 7’s guarantees in 2017 and could cut off the final three years of the pact. It will also allow the 49ers to receive a compensatory pick if Kaepernick voids the contract and signs elsewhere during the offseason, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora (Twitter link).

The reworked deal could signal that the team is benching Blaine Gabbert and installing Kaepernick as the new starter. However, there is no official word on that front.

Gabbert is coming off of a disappointing game against the Cardinals and coach Chip Kelly has left the door open to a quarterback change. Kaepernick, the one-time starter in SF, has been a lightning rod for controversy this year. Now, he has an opportunity to make headlines again for his play on the field and not his actions on the sideline.

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12 comments on “49ers Restructure Colin Kaepernick’s Deal?

  1. Ponder! Ponder! Ponder!

  2. Jakob

    Nah kaepernick! Kaepernick! Kaepernick!

  3. dstuart

    Yah. Ponder! Ponder! Ponder!

  4. Ponder, if Kaep isn’t performing in practice what would make anyone think he’s going to do better on the field. Does no one possess common sense? Lol players are saying Ponder is practicing better than both QBs…

    • jimbenwal

      Players are saying it? A locker room leak maybe. The same leak that has been spreading rumors for the last few years when he wants a person gone. Baalke just wants Kaep gone so he will cause a controversy in hopes of getting the fan base behind Ponder.

    • Pj Of The Niner Faithful

      How many reps does Kaepernick get as the backup? Because if that’s the logic then Kaepernick being ahead of Ponder says that ponder is being outperformed by Kaepernick. What players are saying this? Because he doesn’t play with the first unit at all. Do you possess any common sense? Besides, all of this hiding behind gabbert is because baalke is a cheap ass and he doesn’t like Kap.

    • To hear Kap speak, its an idiot. Chances are He’s to stupid to learn a play book of any depth.

  5. JDSchneck

    Kaepernick can’t play, there’s reason he’s been benched. Honestly, I’d look for a trade, or FA. All these short term QBs are what’s killing SF. They need start looking for a long term option, not settling for “hold over” QBs

  6. Ravens_Last_Place

    Why wouldn’t they just cut him?
    1. He’s worthless on the field.
    2. He’s worthless off the field and is a distraction.
    3. He has no trade value.
    4. He is greatly overpaid.

    But why would Baalke do something that made sense?

    • Polish Hammer

      Maybe they will cut him, but by re-structuring his contract they can minimize the cap damage.

  7. David b

    Cut him. That way he can sit at home n watch on TV. How real Americans start for d anthem. He wash out anyway.

  8. Maybe the best will happen in the Jets game, He gets a career ending injury.

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