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Golden Nuggets: The inevitable 20 million dollar/year man

Thursday, March 6, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Colin Kaepernick is going to get paid, whether that is this year or next is apparently up to the 49ers. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the 18 million number we had seen thrown around is false and is actually closer to 20 million. Kap is willing to bet on himself much like Joe Flacco did with the Ravens prior to their Superbowl win. Hey, if he is all the more motivated to get paid that can only be a good thing right? If on the other hand, he bombs, at least we retain our flexibility. There is really no fear, at least on my part of Kap leaving in free agency, because if worse comes to worst the 49ers can always franchise him next year.

There is a part of me that doesn't want us to pay our QB 20 million a year, even if we win the Superbowl next season. I would much prefer to have talent spread out across the roster like we have it now. That is only possible if there are few/no albatross cap numbers on the roster. Also, at this point in his career, Kaepernick is still too reliant on the talent around him for me to be comfortable forking over that type of change. In that regard, he is inferior to QBs like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning who can turn guys off the street into respectable NFL players. This season will be key in my opinion of Kaepernick, as of right now, I would be uncomfortable giving him elite QB money, but I have no doubts that he can become that type of player. To the links!

Colin Kaepernick will get $20M deal whether 49ers pay now or later (La Canfora)

If Colin Kaepernick wants $20MM/year (minimum), extension probably won’t happen anytime soon (BASG)

Mike Evans of Texas A&M met with the 49ers yesterday and he definitely fits the big bodied red zone target that most of us want badly on the 49ers. I personally, just want talent, whether that is a Crabtree clone or a tall red zone target doesn't really matter. I believe our red zone flaws are more related to play calling than not having big bodied receivers. Sure they help, but I worry when I see people turning their noses up at talented players because they don't fit some ideal prototype.

49ers have Mike Evans on their radar (ESPN)

49ers meet with WR Mike Evans, who seems custom-built for the red zone (Barrows)

Trade up 2.0? 49ers meet with Texas A&M’s Evans (Branch)

Harbs spoke to the Kansas basketball team yesterday and apparently hit a half court shot during warmups. If you haven't seen it, Fooch posted the video here

Jim Harbaugh Speaks to Kansas Basketball Team (49ers)

How the 49ers Were Built via Draft, Free Agency (49ers)

Best free-agent cornerback? Polian thinks 49ers' Brown tops the list (Barrows)

BASGcast (Ep. 83): David Fucillo of Niners Nation on media coverage of the 49ers (BASG)