Four days left until the Free Agency period begins and the 49ers have re-signed only one of their twelve pending FAs — Anquan Boldin. Prominent among the unsigned players are K Phil Dawson, SS Donte Whitner, and CB Tarell Brown
So, it looks like the next four days will feature a flurry of eleventh hour signings, or the team will need to find another CB, a kicker, and once again cringe at the potential opening day announcement, “Starting at SS for the Niners is Craig Dahl.”
Now that the contract status of Jim Harbaugh has been beaten to death, the football world is weighing in from coast to coast on the contract status of Colin Kaepernick. Unless Kaepernick follows in the steps of Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, and Navorro Bowman by accepting a team friendly lucrative deal, as opposed to a screw everybody lucrative deal, it’s unlikely he will get an extension this year. He’ll have to muck along at $900,000+ for one more season.
What happens next year, when his current contract expires, depends on what happens next year on the field. If he wins the Super Bowl, he’ll get his mega deal and everyone will be happy. The rest of the team will have its ring and can then starting leaving the team to be overpaid somewhere else. The Front Office will have a Lombardi trophy and ten years of cachet as a “winning” franchise. Maybe Kaepernick will even win another SB down the road. Who knows?
If he doesn’t win a SB next year, his value slips a bit, perhaps not in his own mind or his agent’s, but with the team and its fans. Then we do the mega deal dance all over again. If nothing can be resolved, the 49ers can use the franchise tag on Kaepernick in 2015, 2016, and probably even 2017. That forces Colin to bet against a career threatening injury for as much as four years before he can go to the highest bidder.
Personally speaking, that seems like a dumb choice. But I’ve never had the opportunity to thumb my nose at $15 or $18 million a year while insisting on at least $20 or $22. Still, somewhere in that four year window, a deal seems likely. Or it’s enough time to find and prepare a replacement.
IOW, relax, fans. Kaepernick isn’t going anywhere any time soon.