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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly angling for an improved deal which would put him alongside the likes of Jay Cutler and Tony Romo.
The 26-year-old has spent less than two years as the starting quarterback for the franchise, but in that time he has led the 49ers to more playoff wins than both Cutler and Romo combined in their 16 years of NFL experience.
It is understood that Kaepernick represents a total of $1,630,454 in terms of a cap hit in 2014, and with his current contract set to expire next summer he has reportedly pushed for extension talks to begin with new figures in mind.
According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Kaepernick begun contract discussions at the NFL Combine and sources have told the reporter that the three-year star wants a deal similar, or slightly better than the ones Cutler and Romo have received.
Chicago Bears quarterback Cutler agreed a new deal worth $18.1m per year with $38m guaranteed, while Romo has a deal worth $18m per year with $40m guaranteed.
It is widely reported that the 49ers star could continue through 2014 under his current base contract with the intention of earning a significant increase next offseason rather than pushing for a new deal this summer which doesn’t represent his full value.
Nevertheless, Kaepernick has previously insisted that he would not want his contract to impact on the organisation’s ability to build a competitive roster.
“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. But at the same time, you have to realize, if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want to get 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,” he told the 49ers’ official website.
“That’s something I’m going to let my agent and the organization try and figure out. But hopefully, it’s a position where we can assemble the best team we need.”
Kaepernick helped lead the Niners to the NFC Championship Game last season where they were defeated by eventual Super Bowl winners, the Seattle Seahawks.
However, with the likes of Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III all eligible for extensions next summer, the 49ers are in a position to set the new quarterback market in terms of new contracts as opposed to being dictated by what is happening around them.