Colin Kaepernick QB SF 8 Days
Colin Kaepernick had an accuracy rating of 54.6 percent under pressure last season, the worst mark in the NFL.
Kaepernick was also sacked on 20.2 percent of snaps when under duress, the fourth-worst rate among starters. 49ers president Paraag Marathe admitted that advanced stats will "play a big role" in Kaepernick's contract extension, where he's reportedly seeking a deal worth $15-16 million annually. The two sides have begun preliminary talks and are expected to get a deal done before the season.
Colin Kaepernick QB SF 13 Days
The San Jose Mercury News reports that "it sounds like" $15-16 million annually is the "floor" in a potential Colin Kaepernick-49ers contract extension.
That would put Kaepernick in the top-ten at his position in terms of annual average. The 49ers and Kaepernick's representation met at the Combine over the weekend, and all indications are that talks have gotten off on the right foot. There's still a long way to go in these negotiations, but both sides have expressed a desire to get something done before the season. Kaepernick is currently scheduled to earn just $973,766 in the final year of his rookie deal.
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The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick's representation met for dinner at the NFL combine.
Due just $973,766 in 2014, Kaep is wildly underpaid going into the final year of his rookie contract. With Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and Robert Griffen III all set to be extended next season, an early extension would allow the 49ers to set the young quarterback market instead of being constrained by it. Along with Anquan Boldin, Kapernick is the 49ers' top priority this offseason.
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Profootballtalk reports extending Colin Kaepernick's contract is among the 49ers' offseason priorities.
It's not a surprise. Due just $973,766 in 2014, Kaep is wildly underpaid going into the final year of his rookie contract, but the 49ers would do well to get out in front of the situation. Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III will all be eligible for extensions in 2015, sending quarterback prices further skyward. Coming off an uneven season, Kaep's value also isn't quite as sky high as it was after last year's Super Bowl. Kaepernick isn't going to be cheap, but he's not going to get any cheaper.
Colin Kaepernick QB SF 1 Month
Colin Kaepernick admits he consciously decides to run more in the postseason.
Kaep has averaged 5.8 rushing attempts per game for his regular-season career, compared to 9.9 in the playoffs. "When you get to the postseason, it's one-and-done, if you're not winning," Kaepernick said. "So we're going to do everything we can to try to win those games." Kaepernick was criticized at times during the regular season for not scrambling enough, but racked up 243 yards on 26 postseason carries (9.34 YPC). That was 46.4 percent of his regular-season total. Kaep is at his best when he mixes in more scrambles, but is wise to avoid gratuitous hits in September-December.
Colin Kaepernick QB SF 1 Month
Colin Kaepernick said he wants there to be a "balance" between his upcoming contract and the 49ers' ability to sign free agents.
It doesn't sound like Kaepernick is going to try to squeeze every dollar out of the 49ers in negotiations. "You want to be paid fairly for what you feel like you're doing in comparison to your peers," he said. "But at the same time, you have to realize, if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want Donte Whitner to come back, we're going to have to make moves to get them back." In addition to those two unrestricted free agents, plenty of other core 49ers are eligible for extensions. Michael Crabtree, Aldon Smith and Mike Iupati will each be seeking monster paydays.
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Colin Kaepernick completed 15-of-28 throws for 196 yards and a touchdown, and rushed eight times for 15 yards and a second score as the 49ers dropped the Panthers 23-10 in the Divisional Round.
He now has a career playoff record of 4-1. Kaepernick was lucky to escape without a pick six on an early second-quarter throw into double coverage, as Panthers SS Quintin Mikell dropped a sure interception deep in Niners territory. Carolina's defensive front was relentless early, pressuring Kaepernick on eight of his first 17 pass drops. Kap's response was to play rattled, letting the pressure negatively affect his accuracy and mechanics. He did execute a four-yard touchdown scramble following a 45-yard bomb to Anquan Boldin in the third quarter, and generally settled in with a two-score second-half lead. Still, the 49ers will need better four-quarter QB play to upset Seattle in the NFC Championship. They're also going to need more from Michael Crabtree (3-26).