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Kaepernick deal gives 49ers flexibility with Harbaugh

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Upon hearing the initial report regarding Colin Kaepernick’s contract worth “up to” $126 million with $61 million “guaranteed,” it seemed that, if the deal were even remotely close to having a true value in that range, the 49ers would have to cry uncle in their negotiations with John Harbaugh’s brother.

If the team had made a commitment to Kaepernick that compels the organization to shell out, for example, $50 million over the next three years, coach Jim Harbaugh would have picked up considerable leverage in his quest for a new contract.  After making a gigantic investment in the quarterback Harbaugh picked and groomed, the 49ers would have needed Harbaugh to help justify the commitment made to Kaepernick.

With the new deal actually being a year-to-year, pay-as-you-go contract, the 49ers have the flexibility to move on from Harbaugh and, in turn, from Kaepernick if the next coach wants his own guy to run the offense.

So that’s another reason for the team to be happy about the contract.  It doesn’t put the team over a barrel to give their head coach a new one.

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6 Responses to “Kaepernick deal gives 49ers flexibility with Harbaugh”
  1. hess97 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:15 AM

    Phewwww! We wouldn’t want to be shackled to a coaching staff that has made the conference finals in each season!!

  2. 4949centennial says: Jun 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    Harbaugh’s contract has nothing to do with Kaep’s contract. I think here is why.

    1. Niners are expecting a huge windfall of revenue starting from this season thanks to the new staidum
    2. Harbaugh’s contract has no bearing on salary cap (duh!!!)
    3. The relationship between the coach and GM seems to be lot better this off season.

  3. higheriqthanyou says: Jun 5, 2014 9:08 AM

    In essence, contract says “we don’t believe in our QB or our coach.”

  4. johnster67 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:09 AM

    As Jerky Jones has figured out but refuses to admit, a good coach is hard to find. Maybe he will get smart and get a Harbaugh.

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:19 AM

    Sorry alarmists and haters alike, but the entire front office turmoil has been completely fabricated by the media. There is no way that the Niners let Harbaugh walk. The man who resurrected the franchise into a perennial contender.

  6. denverdude7 says: Jun 5, 2014 12:32 PM

    Kaepernick was a fool to accept a contract with so little guaranteed money. (Figuratively speaking of course)

    He is one knee injury away from never being able to perform the way he does at present.

    Kaepernick should have remembered that the initials N.F.L. also stand for “Not For Long.”

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