Clearly, the San Francisco 49ers value Colin Kaepernick as an elite NFL quarterback. That’s what a six-year, $110 million contract extension translates into these days.
Sources told ESPN that the team and the QB came to an agreement Wednesday that would place Kaepernick in the top 10 paid in the league at his position.
According to the sources, $61 million of the deal is guaranteed and he is tied to the team through 2020. Kaepernick was scheduled to have made $1.073 million this season.
The extension also is the ultimate sign of confidence that the 49ers have no worries about Kaepernick’s role in an offseason incident in Miami that police still are investigating.
The deal with the 26-year-old Kaepernick is expected to have strong implications on potential deals for quarterbacks Cam Newton, Alex Smith and Andy Dalton this year and Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson next year, when they are eligible to sign their first NFL contract extensions.
Kaepernick is 21-8 as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and has led San Francisco to three straight NFC Championship games. He threw for 3,197 yards, rushed for 524 more and accounted for 25 touchdowns and only eight interceptions during the 2013 season.