Colin Kaepernick yesterday put pen to paper on a new contract with the San Francisco 49ers worth up to $126 million over six years - an average of between $18-21 million a season for the young quarterback.
The monster figure comes with various clauses and bonus stipulations of course but nevertheless the figure has seen Kaepernick sore to the top as the best paid QB currently playing in the NFL in terms of money guaranteed ($61m).
Coming off the back of a rookie contract that would have paid him around $1 million next season, that is some jump.
But he might not be there for too long.
According to NFL guru Adam Schefter two quarterbacks who emerged in the league a year later thank Kaepernick in 2012, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, are heading for even more:
"Word around NFL is that when Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson get new deals next year, they will come in between $24-$25 million per year."
Both quarterbacks have established themselves in the NFL, Wilson of course one-upping Kaepernick on route to claiming last season's Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. Whilst Luck is busy fulfilling the potential that saw him drafter number one overall in 2012 - throwing for over 8,000 yards and 46 touchdowns to date.
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