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Colin Kaepernick Contract: Latest News and Rumors on Negotiations with 49ers

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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been among the NFL's most productive signal-callers over the last two seasons, and he may soon be rewarded for his efforts.

According to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick and the Niners are expected to resume negotiations on a contract extension for the first time since February.

The report has since been confirmed by ESPN's Bill Williamson:

The resumption of talks is due largely to the fact that the 49ers have gained some salary cap relief recently with former cornerback Carlos Rogers' $6.6 million cap hit being wiped away and $2.6 million of linebacker NaVorro Bowman's base salary being converted into a signing bonus, per Barrows.

Barrows also touched on Kaepernick's recent legal issues, noting the Niners' likely thoughts on the issue:

That the two sides are meeting again suggests the 49ers are convinced that nothing will come from the City of Miami Police investigation that involves Kaepernick and two other players. That investigation began April 3 and created a lull in contract talks between the two sides. It is ongoing but is expected to be resolved this month.

Kaepernick has been a starter for just a season and a half, so it stands to reason the 26-year-old gunslinger has only scratched the surface as far as his potential is concerned. One person who believes that to be the case is 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who expects big things out of Kap in 2014, according to NFL on ESPN:

Harbaugh has been Kaepernick's biggest supporter publicly as he has had nothing but great things to say about his quarterback, per Barrows.

There's really no one that competes with him in a workout situation. He will bury everybody. And then when somebody tries to compete with him, he ramps his competitiveness up, and somebody's over their knee throwing up. He's unbelievable. So you can tell I feel he's a great player, a high priority.

Even though Kaepernick hasn't yet reached his fullest potential, the Niners would be wise to get a new deal done as soon as possible. He has clearly outperformed his current contract and he has proven himself to be San Francisco's quarterback of the present and future.

Last year marked Kap's first as a full-time starter, and while he had some bumps in the road, he managed over 3,700 total yards and 25 total touchdowns to complement one of the NFL's best defenses.

He has also led the Niners to the NFC Championship Game or better in each of the past two seasons and came agonizingly close to winning the Super Bowl two years ago.

Kaepernick will only continue to get better as he learns the intricacies of being an NFL quarterback, so one can only assume that the 49ers will do everything possible to lock him up over the long term.

With more talent in place on offense than 49ers fans have seen since the days of Jerry Rice, Kaepernick has all the tools to succeed. All he needs now is for the Niners to show confidence in his ability to do so.


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