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Kaepernick on extension: You need to balance your money with need to keep other players

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stoked the flames of his team’s rivalry with the Seahawks on Thursday with some pointed comments about Richard Sherman’s actions at the end of the NFC Championship Game, but that wasn’t the only topic on the board as he made the media rounds.

Kaepernick was also asked about the possibility of a contract extension as he enters the final year of the deal he signed after being drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft. Kaepernick said that he wants to be paid on a level commensurate with his place in the league, but understands that any money that goes to him can’t go to other players that will help the 49ers beat the Seahawks and other teams in the future.

“I think it’s a balance. You want to be paid fairly for what you feel like you’re doing in comparison to your peers,” Kaepernick said on KNBR, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “But at the same time, you have to realize, if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want Donte Whitner to come back, we’re going to have to make moves to get them back. And there has to be room for everyone. And that’s something I’m going to let my agent and the organization try to figure out. But hopefully, it’s a position where we can assemble the best team we need.”

It will be an interesting balancing act for the 49ers. Boldin and Whitner are both set to become free agents while other key players like guard Mike Iupati, linebacker Aldon Smith and wide receiver Michael Crabtree are also in line for extensions. That leaves some tough decisions even if Kaepernick does take a little bit less in an extension.

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34 Responses to “Kaepernick on extension: You need to balance your money with need to keep other players”
  1. kaprajan says: Jan 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    No question he saw what happen in Baltimore with Flacco. Need key players around you to be a dynamic player. Team sport.

  2. scoonie97 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:56 PM

    Whatever Kap… Joe Flacco made Anquan Boldin… not the other way around.

  3. jjb0811 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:01 PM

    always pay the QB 1st!

  4. singhgill says: Jan 30, 2014 2:08 PM

    HE SUCKS. This fool deserves back up money cause he’ll never win the big game as a starter. Go home Kaep, no one wants to hear from you. Cost his team two of the biggest games. People like Bill Simmons call this team the best in the league yet they sittin at home and the Hawks are playing in the Super Bowl.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 30, 2014 2:08 PM

    If the Camel drinks all the water, there will be none left for the other creatures.

  6. alldonesmith says: Jan 30, 2014 2:11 PM

    49ers fans are glad to hear Kaep talking like this.

  7. jayniner says: Jan 30, 2014 2:16 PM

    Good to see him maturing as a QB and as a person.

  8. djlexluger says: Jan 30, 2014 2:23 PM

    People are still uneducated about The Flacco extension.

  9. jgg1 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:24 PM

    Remember people his agent isn’t going to accept less than market value.

  10. borisbulldog says: Jan 30, 2014 2:33 PM

    Way to be a mgmt tool, nice suck up!

  11. JSpicoli says: Jan 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    The niners need to give him the brink’s truck. Put their future in the one skill wonder.

    hahahahahahaha

    Over a barrel niners.

  12. ajpnsf says: Jan 30, 2014 2:49 PM

    I’m glad he’s our QB. I like the kid and I believe in him.

  13. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    Actions speak louder than words and for a guy who spends his time sending pictures of his shoe and car collection, I can guess what his actions will be.

  14. koudoes says: Jan 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    That’s coming from one of the biggest bargains in the league. I want to see what Sherman does. His contract is coming up as well

  15. desbattle82 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:57 PM

    kap has a lot to prove but more convinced then ever they made the right choice with kap over smith !!! smith wont be making it to another conference championship game as a starter again while kap is 4-2 as a starter on the playoffs and about the same pace as flacco was to start his career and he ended up winning a sb !!! smith 1-2 and his fans blame everybody but him and blame kap for anything even if they win what a joke !!! that said hawks repeat as nfc champs next year

  16. doubleogator says: Jan 30, 2014 2:59 PM

    As a Saints fan in New Orleans I sure wish Drew Brees would have felt that way last year…

  17. radrntn says: Jan 30, 2014 3:07 PM

    if a qb is saying he doesen’t need to get paid, all he is really saying is he is not worth it….I mean Brady to a pay cut down to 15 million per season……lots of others are making approx 20….in all reality the nfl has it set up now where you get paid after your 4th or 5th season….if he is not making an avg of between 15 to 20 per, it just means he lacks confidence.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    Also known as the Flacco Rodgers Effect

  19. vikesandravens78 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:16 PM

    Smart man. He knows he can’t do it alone. Giving half of your payroll to your quarterback, even if they are the elite of the league, makes building a complete team damn near impossible. See Baltimore, Green Bay, Atlanta, etc.

  20. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:18 PM

    Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Yes we almost made it to our second consecutive Super Bowl but fell short.

    What the Niners have done is made it to 3 consecutive NFCCG with 2 different QB one of which was in his second year as a starter. Kaep has monster potential and the ability to get better. Glad to see his head is in the right place and with Harbaugh and Baalke at the helm I see a bright future for this organization.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

    P.S fire Greg Roman.

  21. poundtherock says: Jan 30, 2014 3:24 PM

    People love to trash Kaep so much and yet he’s the first one at the 49ers practice facility every morning. I actually expect him to improve by leaps and bounds next season.

    We’ll have to wait and see, but it wouldn’t surprise me. One guaranteed thing in life is that hard work pays off.

  22. j1stat says: Jan 30, 2014 3:29 PM

    this is too funny. niner fans Bragging kaep is top 10-15 in the league. umm so is 47% of the starters. and comparing him to flacco of all people. middle of the pack performer getting paid Way to much. way to boost for your qb. oh and boldin definately made flacco.

  23. misterautomatic says: Jan 30, 2014 3:34 PM

    The Team. The Team. The Team.

  24. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 30, 2014 3:36 PM

    He’s no Drew Brees…..

  25. ravenswhat says: Jan 30, 2014 4:09 PM

    Oh kaep, was that a shot at Flacco who actually earned his money by winning something. What have you done outside of showing the entire world that the niners let a pro bowler walk for a guy that likes to run his mouth after a loss?

  26. stefaithful says: Jan 30, 2014 4:34 PM

    So let me get this straight. The 49ers LEAD the NFL in the most championship appearances (15). Under them–Dallas then Pittsburgh. Montana was with the team 3 Years before going to the Superbowl in 1981. He brought home 4 rings. But in between there, lost some NFC championship games. Young was there in 1987, but didn’t start as the QB until 1992 and didn’t win a superbowl until 1994. 49ers didn’t make the playoffs from 2003-2010. In 2011, Alex Smith was the QB and they lost the NFC championship to NY giants. Last year, Kaep wasn’t the starting QB until mid season, but got them to the Superbowl. And this year to another championship game. Not to mention it seems harbaugh turned this team around when he took over in 2011. They and Kaep suck? Are you all on crack? Again,15 championship appearances. 5 superbowl wins, 6 championship wins. Guess what? Other QB were there too losing NFC championships. Ugh.

  27. JSpicoli says: Jan 30, 2014 4:36 PM

    Words are cheaper than he will be once his ego gets involved.

  28. chris3141084 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:10 PM

    I personally don’t like Kap, I don’t like his attitude or the way he speaks, but on the field I really don’t think he can carry his team when stuff hits the fan. But as soon as his contract kicks in, the team will regret it. Same with Flacco, which they learned this year, he’s not the type of player that elevates his teammates.

  29. bowlinm11 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:49 PM

    I think everyone can agree that Boldin is a very well respected receiver. He has produced for a long time consistently. He has played with all levels of QBs. The best way to judge a QB and determine his value is to look at what the Top Players around him say. Boldin came to SanFran because he felt he could win another Super Bowl with them. He sees Kaep as a Franchise QB. He is a FA. He has his choice to leave and sign with any team he chooses. He has already stated, he wants to stay in SF! He has gone on the record and praised Kaep. His arm, legs, grit, determination, and leadership abilities!!! I’m not going to say he is Peyton Manning, but check out both their playoff records!! Check out win percentages! Any fan of any team would be ecstatic to have the 49ers record the last 3 years. Super Bowl or not! Kaep is young and growing. Say what you want, but if he was on your team right now, you would say, “Pay the man”!!!

  30. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:01 PM

    Tom Brady will tell you NOT to give the team a friendly deal because it doesn’t guarantee that the team will spread the money around to other key players. (Branch/Givens after 2005 restructure, Welker after early-2013 restructure)

    That said, it’s a very classy statement and outlook by Kaepernick on this. Fans of the 49ers should love that position.

  31. hess97 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:09 AM

    Like hearing this from Kap. While he is an emerging star, and has 4 playoff wins under his belt (in less than 30 games)…the big brother is the Defense, and Kap is the middle child, learning from those guys how to be the leader. Kap knows he needs receivers and he needs his defense.

  32. jwh8541 says: Jan 31, 2014 9:58 AM

    “You need to balance your money with need to keep other players”

    Sounds like Socialism to me. Don’t believe it Kap better get your money.

  33. bubba9er says: Jan 31, 2014 1:28 PM

    The concept of Team first is the way to do it. Even the greatest QBs need a team around them to win the big games. If one person makes a prohibitive amount of money to build the rest of the team, that will be their reward. Peyton Manning has had great receivers his whole career, but imagine how many he would have won if the defensive side of the ball had had a balanced investment of the salaries… Lights out.

    At least Kaep appears to understand that early in his career.

  34. adderal says: Feb 3, 2014 1:37 PM

    Nice to say but he will want his money like everyone else does including everyone of us. I thought Brady to less so they could afford some receivers? This team is going to be valued second only to the Cowboys when the revenue from Levi’s starts rolling in.

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