As all of us here at Niners Nation already know (as does most of the free world and a good chunk of the less-than-free world) 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick recently signed a 6-year extension worth up to $126Million. Included in that contract was a sparse $13Million in guaranteed money $12Million of which was the signing bonus - an ungodly low number for a monster extension of a franchise QB.
We've beaten the details to death around here. Numerous sports writers have had to eat crow or retreat from their initial analyses about how Kap got overpaid, etc.... But we also saw some write about how this contract structure a) might be a sign of the future of NFL contracts and b) it will reverberate throughout the NFL.
"According to Ian Rapoport, guaranteed money is what counts for Newton, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Carolina Panthers. Newton wants a contract that will provide more guaranteed money and a higher yearly salary than what Kaepernick received."
So we wait and see on the "is this the future of NFL contracts" question.
The BIGGER question, IMO, is what Cam has done to deserve MORE than Kap? Not much, from what I can tell.
Cam: 25 - 23 regular season, 1 Playoff berth (lost to 49ers - Kaepernick)
Kap: 17 - 6 - 2 Playoff berths, 4 - 2 Post-season, 2 NFCCG appearances, 1 NFC Title, 1 SB loss
Brief analysis: Kap > Cam
What do you all think? My thoughts are that Cam will get more G money, even though (again, IMO) he's not worth more.
Update: Now NFL.com is using the tagline "Bigger signing bonus than Kaepernick" as the lead on the Maurkice Pouncey extension story.