Niners QB Kaepernick gets $126M, six-year extension
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a $126 million, six-year contract extension that keeps him with the organization through the 2020 season.
The deal includes $61 million in guaranteed money, a person with knowledge of the contract said.
Kaepernick, whose quick ascent to the ranks of the NFL's elite playcallers has earned him rock star status, had been due to make less than $1 million this season.
Now, he instantly becomes one of the league's richest stars.
“I'm always striving to be in that elite group in the NFL, not in pay but as a player,” Kaepernick said. “I'm very grateful for it. ... I don't think my motivation is money-driven.”
Since taking over the starting job from Alex Smith midway through the 2011 season, Kaepernick led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 18 years after the 2012 season — losing by three points to Baltimore — and then to the NFC championship game last season, a three-point defeat to the rival and eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
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