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Kaepernick in line for $15M salary bump

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07:17 AM ET 02.13 | They don't come much more underpaid than Colin Kaepernick, thanks in part to the new wage scale. Coming off the most productive season for a 49ers quarterback in more than a decade, [Kaepernick] has some leverage this offseason to get a lucrative, long-term extension. ... The franchise tag for a quarterback this year is expected to be more than $16 million. That figure could rise significantly next year. But the 49ers also have every reason not to pay Kaepernick the kind of deal that will push him to the top of quarterback salaries. After all, Kaepernick is scheduled to make just $1.073 million in 2014, including a $100,000 workout bonus. With the past 12 months, four comparable starting quarterbacks have signed deals with the lowest average-money-per-year belonging to Matthew Stafford ($17.66 million).

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February 13, 2014  08:21 AM ET

The 49ers will pay him. What position did their coach play while in the NFL? You don't nickel and dime with your play-maker. Pay the dude!

February 13, 2014  08:27 AM ET

......pay the = MAN......!

February 13, 2014  08:40 AM ET

They have no choice.

February 13, 2014  08:43 AM ET
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......pay the = MAN......!

And then fax a copy to Sherman and tell him " Beat this!"

February 13, 2014  09:02 AM ET
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The jury is still out on this dewd, no need to over pay for the overrated.

Don't know about overrated, but do know about inconsistent. Some guys are streaky game by game. He's streaky quarter by quarter.

February 13, 2014  09:03 AM ET

he's still gonna get a nice raise...

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February 13, 2014  09:12 AM ET
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hence overrated

Well, really, it's about percentages.

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February 13, 2014  09:21 AM ET
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trophies actually

Not in Jay Cutler's case, Tony Romo's case, Matthew Staffiord's case, etc. ad nauseam.

February 13, 2014  09:29 AM ET
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Don't know about overrated, but do know about inconsistent. Some guys are streaky game by game. He's streaky quarter by quarter.

Mathew Stafford and Tony Romo got huge contracts. What does consistency have to do with it?

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February 13, 2014  09:35 AM ET
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Mathew Stafford and Tony Romo got huge contracts. What does consistency have to do with it?

My thoughts exactly!!! This kid deserves a big contract and is only getting better.

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February 13, 2014  09:57 AM ET

It's inevitable that he'll get his big pay day.

February 13, 2014  09:59 AM ET
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Actually, he regressed this past year.

He struggled at the start of the season, but got better as it went along. Not a huge shock for a guy in his second year as a starter. He was a throw away from winning a Super Bowl last season and a throw away from winning an NFC Championship game on the road against a great defense in the loudest stadium in the NFL this season.

Pay him.

February 13, 2014  10:07 AM ET
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Actually, he regressed this past year.

Yes.... one deflected pass from the Super Bowl

February 13, 2014  10:09 AM ET
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trophies actually

No....it's the stats! Stats, I tell you!

<slowly backs out of room>

 
February 13, 2014  10:11 AM ET
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Actually, he regressed this past year.

I was all over him earlier in the season. I count his struggles early as growing pains and still adjusting. He got better. He just needs to learn that he can't play Green Bay every week.

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