Steve: Kap's deal with the Niners makes Brees look like a bargain
San Francisco wanted to get a contract extension done with QB Colin Kaepernick before training camp, and the news today is that they have done so, and in record-setting fashion. The 49ers have inked Kap to a 6 year, $126 million dollar deal with ….wait for it….$61 million guaranteed!
That $61 million is the most guaranteed money ever given to a player in one contract. OK, so he owns a 21-8 record as a starter, and has lead the Niners to 3 straight NFC championships, but he really regressed last year in his 2nd full season.
He completed just 58% of his passes in 2013 for 3,197 yards and 21 TDs/8 INTs. Drew Brees in 2013? 68% completion percentage, 5,162 yards and 39 TDs/12 INTs.
I point this out because I am straight-up tired of hearing from some Saints “fans” say #9 is overpaid, and his big contract is hurting the team. In 2012, Brees singed a 5 year, $100 million dollar deal with $60 million guaranteed.
It’s the market for the position, folks! What do we constantly hear? It’s a quarterback-driven league. Well, if you want to have one of the best (which Brees indisputably is), you gotta pay up.
Is Kaepernick one of the best? I dunno 'bout dat. He is still just 26 years old, and on a team that is chock full of talent and should be a perennial contender. But me, I’ll take the proven commodity over potential any day. Especially one that is a Super Bowl MVP.
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