As the Cincinnati Benglas work to re-sign Andy Dalton, one his fellow quarterbacks from the 2011 has just signed his first big extensions. Colin Kaepernick was selected with the 36th-overall pick that year, right after Dalton went 35 to Cincinnati.
The San Francisco 49ers have jut announced they've signed Kaepernick to a massive 6-year extension.
"Colin’s hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "His work ethic, leadership and on-field production have positively influenced our team, and we look forward to his continued growth in all areas.
"Our organization always looks to reward our players for their contributions and commitment to the team. Colin’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, along with Paraag Marathe and Brian Hampton, should be commended for working diligently to reach an agreement."
It's a $126 million extension through 2020 that includes $61 million guaranteed. Because it's an extension, it's essentially a 7-year deal that pays Kaep an average of $18 million per season for the next seven seasons.
Kaepernick has played in 32 career games, completing 382/639 passes for 5,046 yards and 31 touchdowns. He's started all six postseason games in which he has appeared, including two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl.
Dalton and Kaepernick, along with the 2011 No. 1 overall pick in Cam Newton, have been the only successful QBs to come out of that class. Newton has another two years left on his deal, so Dalton will have probably signed his first extension before Newton signs his.
This deal will undoubtedly affect what Dalton and his agent ask the Bengals to pay him, since he has three years of being a full-time starter under his belt, whereas Kaep has just 1.5 seasons under his belt after taking over that role midway through the 2012 season.