In the words of Jerry Maguire..."Show me the money!"
The three year veteran has lead his side to the NFC Championship in each of his two seasons as a starter making the Super Bowl last year and a tipped pass from Richard Sherman away from making it two out of two.
Well Kap and the Niners have started negotiations on a new contract and it's looking like he is about to become a very rich 26-year old.
From the Boston Globe:
"The 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick began discussions on a new contract extension at the combine, and sources tell us that the three-year veteran wants a deal similar or slightly better than the ones given to Jay Cutler ($18.1 million per year, $38 million guarantee) and Tony Romo ($18 million per year, $40 million guarantee).
While no one expects the 49ers to let Kaepernick go anywhere, we hear that if the 49ers don’t get in Kaepernick’s range, the quarterback would be willing to play the 2014 season at his base salary of $973,766 and postpone negotiations until next offseason instead of signing a below-market deal."
$18 million a year would put Kaepernick into the upper echelon of quarterback, but it is yet to be seen how any new deal would be structured in terms of likelihood of increasing salary year on year and guaranteed money.
Kaepernick isn't the finished article yet however, but after only 29 games as a starter he looks like the guy most likely to lead the 49ers to their 6th Super Bowl at the moment and the organization should do their utmost to keep him theirs.