It's incredibly rare for a player to take one for the team in this day age. Almost to a man players seek maximum payouts with maximum guarantees. Deescalators are rarely seen for top talent as well. And you know, I don't blame a player seeking top dollar. Their careers can end during any game or practice. Teams promise their players nothing.
Of course, Paraang and Baalke had some leverage with Colin entering the last year of a rookie deal and holding the franchise tag in their back pocket. But still... When the details of this contract came to light I was shocked. There are many ways to parse it but one that I like was just published by espn: the average of the first 3 years is 14.7 Million. That makes Colin the 12th richest current quarterback. With minimal dead money on the back end, it's Colin not San Francisco who assume all the risk in this deal. Furthermore in order for Colin to max it out we either have to return to the Super Bowl or he has to be chosen to the ap all pro team. As fans how can we not appreciate that?
There's much more that can be said about this but I'll close with this quote: "ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Kaepernick specifically requested his deal allow the 49ers flexibility to negotiate extensions with other players. Schefter reported that Kaepernick’s signing bonus was only $12 million, which is at least half of the usual signing bonuses that come with big quarterback deals. Kaepernick mentioned at his news conference Wednesday that the deal will be designed to allow the 49ers to keep signing key players."