The news is out. Colin Kaepernick has signed a huge, six-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers. The contract is worth $126 million, with $61 million guaranteed. As soon as it was announced that Kaep signed such a massive deal, people began talking about what the new deal for Russell Wilson will look like.
Let’s not get too caught up in all of this talk about a potential arms race between Seattle and San Francisco. The re-signing of Kaepernick means nothing to Seattle, other than they will be seeing him twice a year for the foreseeable future. Besides that, how does this effect the Seahawks? It simply doesn’t. In fact, Seattle played their cards way better than San Francisco did.
Take a look at the 49ers right now. They just spent their life savings locking up a QB. Good for them for keeping him, but they may have pulled the trigger a bit early this time. Vernon Davis is holding out of OTA’s because he is demanding a new contract, one he is unlikely to get now that the team’s pockets are empty. They still have Michael Crabtree to deal with. Another guy is Alex Boone, who will likely be looking at free agency once his time in San Francisco ends.
As for Seattle, they wanted to hang onto Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas. Check, check, check and check. Now it is time to talk with Russell Wilson who, by the way, has stated publicly several times that he would rather have a stacked team than a huge contract. That old saying of “you can’t keep everyone” doesn’t seem to apply to Seattle.
So yes, San Francisco has their QB situation dealt with up until 2020. Good for them. However, that big payday will cost them in more ways than just financially. Seattle seems to be doing it right, and that is something you have to love.