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Potential agent change may have fueled Kaepernick deal

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Why did the 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick strike a seven-year deal seven weeks before the loose, artificial deadline of the launch of training camp?  One theory making the rounds is that the 49ers wanted to get a contract in place before Kaepernick hired an agent who wouldn’t have agreed to such a team-friendly deal.

I ran that notion past Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com on today’s edition of PFT Live, asking Matt whether he’d heard it and whether he bought it.

“I have heard that and yes, I’m buying it,” Maiocco said.  “Kaepernick is a pretty loyal guy and I don’t I think that at this point, yes, there were agents kind of swarming around and trying to get in his ear, but I think he was going to stick with Scott Smith at XAM Sports regardless.  Still, I think that the 49ers believed, and as it turned out rightfully so, that their best chance of getting a deal done, an easy deal done, a deal done that doesn’t even push up against that self-imposed time frame of training camp was to  get something done with this representation. So, it certainly worked out for them.

“How much of Scott Smith’s inexperience in negotiating these kind of deals factored into it?  I’ll tell you what, just the initial reaction from Kaepernick is that he knew what he was getting into.  He talked about it yesterday, [saying] it’s not all about the money.  But it’s the agent’s job to handle that, to insulate the client from that kind of thinking and get the best deal he possibly can for his client, and I don’t think there’s any question that Colin Kaepernick’s agent did not get the best deal he possibly could for his client.”

The reaction from league insiders regarding certain aspects of the deal has been swift and harsh.  Some have pointed to the decision to delay the transformation of money guaranteed for injury only to fully-guaranteed payments for five years.  Others have noted that the full duration of the contract — seven years — ties Kaepernick to the team for too long, especially at a time when the salary cap is commencing a mutli-year period of spiking.  Still others have argued that the year-to-year nature of the contract reduces Kaepernick’s security by giving the team an annual out, with little or no financial ramifications.

As one league insider explained it to PFT, Kaepernick’s decision to accept an annual trigger of April 1 for the conversion of injury-only guarantees to full and complete guarantee represents the most glaring term of all.  By giving the 49ers that much of an opportunity to move on, they’ll be able — after each of the first four years of the contract — to explore all options before making a final decision.  From potential free agents to trade targets to the next class of draft picks, an April 1 deadline gives the team a much greater ability to make an informed decision than if the money shifted to fully guaranteed in the days after the Super Bowl.

And if the 49ers ever decide to cut the cord on Kaepernick, he’ll hit the open market weeks after the big money has flowed.

There’s a chance that agents who were pursuing Kaepernick will have the ammunition to pry him away from his current representation, now that more is known about the contract he signed.  But it won’t matter; unless and until the current contract is terminated, Kaepernick’s current representation receives the full fee and any new agent gets nothing.

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25 Responses to “Potential agent change may have fueled Kaepernick deal”
  1. loubearkane says: Jun 5, 2014 4:28 PM

    It’s a bad deal for Kaep , great for the 49ers
    He has $13 Million guaranteed that’s it so this upcoming year , he does something dumb off the field bye bye.

    Should ask some former agents what they think about the deal , he should of had at least 3 years $45 Million guaranteed

  2. loubearkane says: Jun 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    I’m assuming he will do something dumb off the field on how he wears his hat.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    Kaepernick wouldn’t have a tinker’s chance of meeting any of the performance clauses on any other team than the 49ers. He wouldn’t be starting on any other team with a realistic chance of winning a Super Bowl. Or making him look like an All Pro quarterback.

    He is the one benefitting most from a quick signing.

  4. ravenswhat says: Jun 5, 2014 4:39 PM

    Homeboy got taken to the cleaners. If the niners really loved Kap, there’s no way they do him like that. Harsh.

  5. thepftpoet says: Jun 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    Top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFC.
    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Teddy Bridgewater
    4. Russell Wilson
    5. Matt Ryan

  6. trollhammer20 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:54 PM

    “Guaranteed”. I do not think that word means what Kaep and his agent think it means.

  7. scrp2 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:07 PM

    Basically, it’s a 3-year, 40 million dollar deal with no guarantees beyond the first year.

    It says a lot about the 49ers front office that they would take advantage their own quarterback like that.

    Kap has to pay for a insurance policy out of his pocket that pays the 49ers 20 million if he can’t play?

    He should have got Romo money at a minimum. Romo gets paid significantly more with real guarantees without overtime (Playoffs).

  8. jimbo75025 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    It’s not a great deal, it’s not a bad deal. Much like Kaeps play itself-some good and some bad.

    Either way, the man has gotten some bad press recently (whether he deserved it or not) so he was not exactly negotiating from a strong position.

  9. kamthechancellor says: Jun 5, 2014 5:30 PM

    Kaepernick is a straight up dunce.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2014 5:36 PM

    I think the thing that precipitated the quick signing was the incident in Miami. If there were drugs lying around, etc., Kaepernick probably had a good sweat considering the possibilities. 9ers did their homework and once they realized it wasn’t going to be an issue they came out and loudly supported him in public. He’s been coddled there, sitting on the bench for a year and a half until a strong team emerged, and Alex Smith got hurt. The prospect of leaving home and striking out on his own probably wasn’t very attractive. Team makes the quarterback, not vica versa.

  11. chawkup says: Jun 5, 2014 5:36 PM

    This will end up backfiring on the 49ers. It shows that they are willing to play silly games with their franchise QB, which means that nobody is immune. That is not the way a first class organization operates. Plus, when Kap does finally realize the extent to which he was taken advantage of, he is not going to be a happy 49er. This will prove to be one more crack in the hull of the Bad Ship Santa Clara.

  12. ninerdynasty says: Jun 5, 2014 5:40 PM

    So yesterday haters were saying that the niners were dumb for giving him that much money and that he was overpaid for a aveg qb.. today the same people are saying that he is dumb and that the niners are taking advantage of him and that its a bad deal for him.. smh.. haters always looking for something to hate on.. SMH

  13. tremoluxman says: Jun 5, 2014 5:42 PM

    Looks like The Niners done plucked Kap and skinned his agent. Welcome to The Bigs, son.

  14. djaehne says: Jun 5, 2014 5:49 PM

    Kaep believes in himself and knows its up, up,
    and away!

  15. senoreno says: Jun 5, 2014 5:56 PM

    It’s so funny how dippy these seahawk fans can be.
    First they say,he’s selfish, he didn’t sign a team friendly deal.

    ……..Then the details come out……

    Instead of saying “wow he actually signed a team deal, good for him”, you say “the front office screwed him, and he got taken to the cleaners.” So what was once looked as being a negative for not signing a friendly deal, still is a negative when it comes out that it was friendly.

    LOL-Your opinions are illogical about 99% of the time. Just sensless conjecture. Typical hawk squack..

    He’s been saying all off season how signing a team deal was very important to him…something not many qb’s do..
    He put this team in a great position, as to not be sophicated by a mega deal, like Stafford, Cutler, manning.

  16. thood2010 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    Weird, it’s almost as if whatever Kap did/does, it’s the wrong move. Fans love to hope and pray that their favorite players take “home town discounts” so that a good team can afford to pay its stars and keep the nucleus together; Kap takes a deal structured in such a way that it does, in fact, allow this to happen (at least in the short term), and people call him stupid. On the other hand, it’s been one day since the news of the deal broke, and then, when it was thought that Kap was getting the most guaranteed money in NFL history, he’s selfish, or he’s overpaid.

    Is it too much to expect the guy to have enough confidence that he can reach the goals both he and the organization set for him, and prove that he is worth that guaranteed money?

  17. thood2010 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:01 PM

    Weird, it’s almost as if whatever Kap did/does, it’s the wrong move. Fans love to hope and pray that their favorite players take “home town discounts” so that a good team can afford to pay its stars and keep the nucleus together; Kap takes a deal structured in such a way that it does, in fact, allow this to happen (at least in the short term), and people call him stupid. On the other hand, it’s been one day since the news of the deal broke, and then, when it was thought that Kap was getting the most guaranteed money in NFL history, he’s selfish, or he’s overpaid.

    Is it too much to expect the guy to have enough confidence that he can reach the goals both he and the organization set for him, and prove that he is worth that guaranteed money?

  18. unbridledsexy says: Jun 5, 2014 6:15 PM

    IMO it’s an incredibly fair deal for both sides. 9ers pay good money for a winning quarterback and get the right to rethink it every year in case he sucks. Kap gets PAID and hasn’t won a ring yet. As long as he continues to keep the niners close every year he should keep his job. And he’s doing well and they trade him he should get a great contract elsewhere. The “problem” I see here is that neither side can totally screw the other and make millions more off of the misfortune of the other. But I’m an artist, not an accountant. I could be completely talking out of my ass for all I know.

  19. bhlobos says: Jun 5, 2014 6:33 PM

    I think you’ll see more and more contracts like this. Richard Sherman signed a similar contract… especially for young players who have only performed at a high level for a 1-3 years, it makes sense for the club to protect themselves.

    And for the player… the man just signed a contract that will make him more money in two years than any of us will EVER make in our lifetime… and HE’S the dumb one that got fleeced? Give me a break!! Even if the niners cut him in 3 years, he still just pocketed over 40 million… and, someone else will pay him after that.

  20. juliusanonymous says: Jun 5, 2014 8:47 PM

    If the Santa Clara 1989ers believed in Kaepernick the way their fans do, they wouldn’t have built an out clause into every year of his contract.

    That speaks volumes. They know he chokes. They know he can’t beat Seattle, especially when it counts.

    #Mediocre

    #2014WorldChampionSeahawks
    #WeGotItBetterThanYou

  21. juliusanonymous says: Jun 5, 2014 8:53 PM

    Richard Sherman’s deal was nothing like Kaepernick’s. He got like $50m guaranteed and the team is locked into the deal for a minimum of 3 years. These Niner fans…. always good for a laugh.

  22. sixaceduece says: Jun 5, 2014 10:31 PM

    Kaepernick WANTED a contract that allowed the Niners to sign guys like Crabtree, Aldon Smith and Iupati. Kaepernick if is as good as we/he thinks he is, he’ll make all the money he wants.. plus the guy is going to make millions more in endorsement deals(local/regional/national). Kap wants to win more than try to squeeze the team dry(Payton Manning). #QuestforSix

  23. TIM says: Jun 5, 2014 10:56 PM

    Kap is a great young man and a great citizen . But for the purposes of the contract, he is a great QB, one of the top QB’s in the NFL right now and he is just getting started and is still learning. He said BEFORE the contract was signed that he was not going to sign it if it did not leave cap room for his top team mates to be signed . What a class gentleman he is and what a great team player too !
    And if you think he is not worth the $ then remember this,he had a pretty badly injured foot for nearly half the season last year and never missed a game and was still ranked 3rd in QBR (the 0-100 rating system)behind only Manning and Rodgers . look it up !!! He is already a top 5 QB and just getting started.

  24. higheriqthanyou says: Jun 6, 2014 9:35 AM

    All you saying it’s a great deal for Santa Clara make me laugh…

    What’s better than having an unhappy QB who thinks the team is screwing him to go along with his unhappy, paranoid coach who thinks the team is screwing him?

  25. sirleaf says: Jun 6, 2014 6:31 PM

    Hilarious.

    Initially when people thought it was a ton of cash guaranteed they said he was “overpaid” and the 49ers are idiots for paying him that much.

    Now it looks like he knowingly signs a team friendly, results-driven deal, he is now “cheated” and the 49ers are evil.

    Morons. Go back to tossing fish around as entertainment.

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