Quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemingly wanted to avoid squeezing the 49ers for every penny to allow the organization a better opportunity to keep as much of the team's roster together as possible.
The result is that the 49ers signed him to essentially a seven-year, $115 million deal that was worked out seven weeks before general manager Trent Baalke’s stated goal of the opening of training camp.
But Kaepernick’s new contract certainly is no guarantee that wide receiver Michael Crabtree and guard Mike Iupati are soon to follow. In fact, the Kaepernick deal might actually complicate matters, according to industry insiders.
The 49ers have set a precedent with Kaepernick’s contract.
Their franchise quarterback received a signing bonus of $12,328,766 (to be exact) and a fully guaranteed 2014 base salary of $645,000 for this season. That works out to just less than $13 million fully guaranteed.