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Here is a link to my Thursday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text appears below:

How much is Colin Kaepernick worth to the 49ers? In dollars and cents. Hard cash. Or as Charles Dickens used to call money, “the needful.”

We are not talking Kaepernick’s leadership (such as it is) or his grittiness or even his potential. We are not talking vague stuff coaches like to bring up — like he’s a champ in the locker room and he’s a winner. Blah. Blah.

How much is he worth? How much are the 49ers willing to spend on him given his talent, his production, his use to the team?

No sentiment allowed.

Point of fact: Kaepernick has one more year left on his contract, a bargain for the Niners. In 2013-2014 Kaepernick worked for a base salary of less than three-quarters of a million bucks. For you and me, that’s big money. For the quarterback of the 49ers it’s “bupkis,” Yiddish for “absolutely nothing.” The word derives from “beans,” and that’s what the 49ers pay Kaepernick. Beans — kidney, garbanzo, pinto.

Does he go from beans to gold nuggets? Well, not so fast.

Here’s the deal. The 49ers could sign Kaepernick to a contract extension before next season. That would make Kaepernick happy — depending on the numbers. And I — with no stake in the operation, no beans in the pot — say, sure, give him an extension.

How much?

Not as much as you’d think.

The Bears recently awarded Jay Cutler more than $120 million for seven years. And before this about-to-be-concluded season, the Ravens gave Joe Flacco about $120 million for six years after he won the Super Bowl — he was the Super Bowl MVP. The Ravens held off on extending Flacco before that and ended up paying through the nose, not that I’ve ever seen anyone pay through the nose or have any idea how you do that.

So, with Kaepernick are we talking something like $20 million a year, or even $15 million?

No. No. No.

You’ve got to be kidding.

Put emotion aside. Think who Kaepernick is and what he’s accomplished. The 49ers dumped Alex Smith and anointed — yes anointed — Kaepernick to win the Super Bowl. Nothing less. They didn’t anoint him to lose the Super Bowl, something he’s already done. And they didn’t anoint him to lose in the NFC championship game. Smith already did that and he came pretty cheap. The 49ers expect Kaepernick to be above the Alex Level and you could argue forcibly he is not. The 49ers inserted Kaepernick into the best team in football as the final ingredient and he did not come through.

For that, a man does not earn $20 million. Or $15 million.

Now, I’m going to use a common sports locution: “If I’m the 49ers, I don’t pay Kaepernick Flacco or Cutler money.”

For starters, I’m not the 49ers. To the best of my knowledge, no person is the 49ers considering they are a team and a corporation. Got that?

Still, if I’m the Niners, I don’t pay Kaepernick Flacco money.

I don’t make him obscenely wealthy because I think one day he just might win a Super Bowl, not sure when. I don’t pay for hypotheticals. I pay for production. And I sure don’t ruin my salary structure for Kaepernick, don’t risk losing in free agency Anquan Boldin, Donte Whitner, Phil Dawson, Tarell Brown and others. I do not degrade my team to make Kaepernick happy. Not that I’ve ever seen him happy. He acts like a man with chronic stomach ache.

The Super Bowl champion Ravens degraded their team — goodbye, Anquan — to satisfy Flacco, and they tanked this season. No thanks.

I’ll tell you something else. If I’m the 49ers, I don’t sign Kaepernick to Flacco money because I (me being the 49ers) don’t ask much from my quarterback — at least not from Kaepernick as he currently exists. Flacco, Cutler, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers — you name them — are vital to running their teams’ offenses. But the Niners run a glorified college passing game. I’m not the first to say this.

Every Kaepernick read is predetermined — even that last failure of a pass to Michael Crabtree in Seattle. It’s something like, “Colin, just make the throw we tell you to make.” The 49ers do not ask him to read the field. It’s more like they tell him to look at the defense, decide in advance — hope — which receiver will be open and throw that sucker. This is not difficult. This is not Peyton Manning studying the field.

Why should the Niners pay big money for something so remedial? I mean, really.

The 49ers could get someone else to do that. On the cheap.

Question: Why don’t the 49ers let Kaepernick play out his contract year and then slap the franchise tag on him after that?

Answer: They don’t want to franchise him. You can franchise a safety like Dashon Goldson. Safeties are cheap. Quarterbacks are expensive. We’re talking Flacco World.

There has to be another solution. Offer Kaepernick a contract extension — although I’d have no problem making him play out his contract year for bupkis. But OK, offer him an extension for the goodwill of it. Offer $7 million a season, $8 million a season, stuff like that. Modest. Sensible. What he’s worth.

Don’t expect him to take it. Let him play out his contract. If he wins the Super Bowl, give him the big bump he wants. If he doesn’t win the Super Bowl and wants more than you think he’s worth, let him walk.

If I’m the Niners, that’s what I do. I’m bigger than Colin Kaepernick, the almost winner. I’m the Niners.

For more on the world of sports in general and the Bay Area in particular, go to the Cohn Zohn at cohn.blogs.pressdemocrat.com. You can reach Staff Columnist Lowell Cohn at lowell.cohn@pressdemocrat.com.

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  1. PhD

    The great thing about it is that the team will show us what they think he is worth by what they offer him. Harbaugh says everyone is great but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like someone better if they felt he was out there (see Alex Smith and trying for Manning). So if they offer him 7 or 8 million then they are saying we like you but until you prove you can win the big one that’s all we will pay – (they could put a Super Bowl winning bonus of 5 million in the deal too). If they offer him 19 million with what he’s done so far, then they are over the moon for him, rightly or wrongly.

    January 30th, 2014 12:23 am

  2. NeverWrong

    The novelty has worn off. He can’t keep acting like a petunia. His teammates probably have their grains of salt about him already.

    January 30th, 2014 5:15 am

  3. Streetglide

    Exactly Lowell. Why? Cause he will never win the Super Bowl. Not next year, not 10 years from now. There’s a flaw in his head, along the lines of momma boy or something like that.

    He sulks. He pouts. That doesn’t get it. Niners are smart they start looking for another QB this draft. A “project.” And if they are geniuses, they look for a new head coach down the line cause Jim-san will be out one way or another by 2016. Jim is the Alex Smith of coaches. Shazzam, I said it…

    January 30th, 2014 7:08 am

  4. Rob

    Hope Your Next Column Is On Renewing Harbaugh’s Contract. Look forward to that one.

    January 30th, 2014 7:19 am

  5. Dennis

    Lowell,

    I will start by agreeing with your overall premise: don’t pay Kaepernick $20 mil a year. However, I think your reasoning is way off of the mark.

    You seem to always look at things in a vacuum. I guess that is why you write and don’t run a football team. If you are the 49ers you have to look at what your options are if you lose Kaepernick. Consider the following:

    • Can we get another quarterback in here right now for 10 mil that will make us competitive and fit in with the team. – no. Just look at the Raiders.
    • Can we draft one and have him take over after next season – no. Not unless his name is Johnnny Manziel and he would be pretty expensive just to have a shot at getting.
    • Is there another player who sold more jersey’s than Kaepernick, meaning he is making us a lot of money and has a big fan base regardless of the feelings of some of the fans on the CohnZohn – no.
    • We are moving into a new stadium next year and need to be competitive as well as keep our fan base happy. Would letting Kaepernick go because of money accomplish this goal – no. There just isn’t another quarterback out there that you could realistically bring in that could allow your team to compete with Seattle. And you need to compete with Seattle, end of story there.

    The 49ers will extend Kaepernick’s contract because they have no other alternative and there is too much at stake for them. My guess is it will be something in the range of $13 mil with a $2 mil bonus for getting to the NFC playoffs, a $5 mil bonus for getting to the Super Bowl and another $2 mi bonus for winning it and a little something extra if he is the MVP – maybe an extended trip to Disneyland. If he does all of these things then you agree that his base salary goes to $18 mil the next season with the same bonuses in place.

    The 49ers will resign him because unlike any other player on the team, they have no choice.

    January 30th, 2014 8:00 am

  6. Steve the cat rescuer

    Let’s not forget Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford and Matt Cassell. What happened to their teams after they were endowed with big bucks? Maybe the lesson is don’t overpay any QB named Matt. I think not – don’t overpay Colin either.

    January 30th, 2014 9:13 am

  7. Mike Hatz

    Lowell,

    I politely disagree with you concerning Colin Kaepernick and the issue of his contract extension. While I don’t think that he’s worth “Flacco Money” or “Cutler Money” as you so eloquently put it, I don’t think that Flacco or Cutler are worth their salaries.

    However, then NFL is a league of averages. When the average starting quarterback in the NFL makes more than 10 million dollars per year, it becomes difficult to offer a starting quarterback seven million per year as you suggest would be affordable for a man of Kaepernick’s current abilities. Does Kaepernick have difficulties progressing past his second read? Sure. Does he have issues with making largely predictable throws to reliable targets in crucial moments? Absolutely. Is he sometimes too much the gunslinger who tries to force a pass into coverage, resulting in an ill-conceived turnover? Again, absolutely. Does he demonstrate a propensity to get rattled in the pocket and take off with his feet, rather than throwing downfield like a “good quarterback oughta?” He certainly does (albeit, sometimes to a huge advantage to the team (see the 181 yard rushing performance versus Green Bay last season and the 130 yard rushing performance versus Seattle two Sundays ago)).

    Again, this NFL of today is an NFL of averages, and it’s highly competitive in the free agency market. If the 49ers aren’t willing to pay Kaepernick what the market will bear, there is no reason for a man of Kaepernick’s abilities not to seek employment elsewhere. If the 49ers let Kaepernick walk, who will replace him? Without Kaepernick’s flashes of dynamic brilliance, there is no way that this team wins 12 games. There is no way that NFC Championship game was as close as it was. Sure, Kaepernick himself committed two interceptions in the fourth quarter, one of which came at the cost of a potential winning touchdown to Crabtree. But remember that leaping, running laser throw that he completed to Anquan Boldin for the touchdown in the 3rd quarter? Few (if any) quarterbacks in the NFL make that throw. Remember the 58 yard run that set up the Anthony Dixon touchdown dive? Maybe only Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, or Michael Vick (in his prime) make that run. While it was Kaepernick that lost the game via turnovers in the 4th quarter, it was Kaepernick that gave the 49ers the big lead early on, retook the lead in the 3rd quarter, and gave them the chance to win it at the end.

    There are 32 teams in the NFL. Out of those 32 teams, perhaps only 20 of them have what can be classified as quality starters: Seattle, San Diego, Arizona, Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Kansas City, Green Bay, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Indianapolis, New York Giants, New England, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Washington (debatable), Baltimore, Cincinnati (debatable), with some other quarterbacks that are too early in their careers for any realistic assessment. If Kaepernick goes, who replaces him that has a chance at being as good right away? The answer is simple: nobody.

    Remember Steve Young? I’m sure you do. He was drafted by the Buccaneers as part of the Supplemental NFL Draft, and did absolutely nothing for that team. He looked utterly lost. Granted, those were the bad Buccaneers teams of the mid-1980s. Then he was acquired by the 49ers. And he sat behind Montana for years. 5 years, in fact. He got some playing time here and there, filling in as a starter when Montana got hurt. But there were many times when Steve Young lost games for the 49ers. Sacks for fumbles. Interceptions. Missing wide open receivers. Sound familiar? He was a young quarterback with limited experience leading a great team and growing through success, sprinkled with generous occasional helpings of failure.

    Now look at Colin Kaepernick. He was drafted out of Nevada-Reno by the 49ers, and was taken as the heir-apparent to replace AlexSmith. Fortunately for Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh happened, and the 49ers started winning games. They went to the playoffs, and were a couple of bad calls away from making the Super Bowl in the 2011 Season. Smith stuck around for the 2012 season, and Kaepernick was relegated to riding the bench for another year. Smith gets hurt, Kaepernick comes in, and he picks right up where Smith left off. The team makes the playoffs, they win against Green Bay in record breaking fashion, then overcome an early deep deficit to beat Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. The Super Bowl happens, and Kaepernick takes the blame for the defeat.

    But can you blame Kaepernick? Sure, Kaepernick was the first quarterback in 49ers history to throw an interception in the Super Bowl. Sure, he was the first 49ers quarterback to be the starter for a 49ers loss in the Super Bowl. But what about that vaunted defense, you know, the one that gave up 27 points to Baltimore’s pedestrian offense, and their kickoff coverage team that gave up that long touchdown return to start the 2nd half? Aren’t they more to blame for the loss than Kaepernick, who took the team back to the brink of victory?

    I understand that this is the NFL, and that the starting quarterback is responsible for accepting blame for losses, and deflecting credit for victory. But in my heart, I understand better than most, that Kaepernick isn’t the sole recipient of the blame for that Super Bowl loss. The NFC Championship game this year? He probably is.

    So I ask you again, Lowell, what upcoming free agent quarterbacks can you point to that can replace Kaepernick and bring the same (or better) level of success to this 49ers team? I will wait while you try to come up with a list. Let me just shoot out some names for you, and see how you think those would work: Vick, Freeman, Clemens, McCown, Flynn, Henne. What about trading? Kirk Cousins is an intriguing player that I would like to see start somewhere in the NFL, but not in a 49ers uniform. The sample size on him is too small (same issue I have with Nick Foles) for an accurate assessment of his abilities.

    What about the draft? Unfortunately, the team is stacked too well to lose enough games to get a high enough draft choice for a realistic grab at a top prospect. There’s little likelihood of grabbing a Manziel or Bridgewater, who possesses similar athleticism to Kaepernick. So, that brings about the question of later draft rounds, where treasured nuggets sometimes can be had for less. The classic Tom Brady example, or the Russell Wilson example. But the draft is so hit or miss that for every Tom Brady hiding in the deep rounds there are two dozen Gino Torrettas. For every Peyton Manning up top, there are a dozen Ryan Leafs.

    Good teams build through the draft, supplement through free agency, and develop their players from within. The 49ers have done a lot of that, with most of their starters being draftees of the 49ers. Exceptions, obviously, are guys like Boldin, Whitner, and Justin Smith. We’ve seen a lot of development happen with Kaepernick. To say otherwise is ignorant in the extreme.

    Take a look at what happened this year: Training camp, Michael Crabtree tears his hamstring, facing possible season-ending surgery and rehabilitation. Mario Manningham is still recovering from ligament damage sustained at the end of last season. The top receiver on the roster entering the preseason games is Anquan Boldin, who possesses no speed to take the top off of the defenses and spread the field, but is an excellent possession receiver, with sure hands. Vernon Davis is the only reliable target that can get further than 20 yards downfield, and he sees plenty of action. The #2 wide receiver on the roster is Kyle Williams, #3 is a tossup between Jon Baldwin and Marlon Moore, none of which possess the sure hands or crisp route running to be even mediocre 30-40 reception wide receivers. Even Kassim Osgood, special teams extraordinaire, finds his time lining up for the offense.

    In the absence of Crabtree, Kaepernick struggles, but the team continues to find ways to win. Gore has another solid season. The defense plays excellent football, and plays well enough to frequently help the team win the battle for field position. Crabtree returns. Instantly, Kaepernick discovers his swagger and starts making throws all over the field. His production goes up, and the passing game makes gains to the tune of 25 yards per game. Touchdowns via passing come at an increased rate, and scoring goes up. Drives get longer. The defense plays better. The team makes the playoffs, and plays two very good games on the road. Even in Seattle, one of the worst playing environments in the NFL, the team plays three excellent quarters of football. Miscues cost them the game, but you can easily make the argument that Kaepernick’s abilities are starting to match his potential.

    According to ESPN’s sometimes flawed QBR metric, Colin Kaepernick finished a healthy 7th, just a tenth of a point behind Aaron Rodgers, ahead of Cutler, Ryan, Brady, Wilson, Newton, Stafford, Roethlisberger, Flacco, and 24 other quarterbacks with 250 quarterback action plays. While we can probably agree that, with a small sample, QBR is flawed, but as a big picture piece, it is fairly accurate. How can a mediocre-to-crummy quarterback rank 7th out of 39?

    I get it, you have issues with Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh. I sometimes do too. But as a faithful follower of the 49ers (but not a blind one) I remember the bad years under Alex Smith, when the team was terrible, when Alex played terribly, and the best things going on that team were Frank Gore and Patrick Willis. I understand that it takes more than just a couple of seasons for most quarterbacks to really grasp the speed and complexity of the NFL and the myriad defensive schemes that good NFL teams use. I also have faith and confidence in Harbaugh and Baalke to make the right decisions when it comes to deciding the future of this team and its starting quarterback.

    Is the jury still out on whether or not Kaepernick is the “real deal?” Yes. Absolutely. He’s had less than two seasons as a starter, and that’s not enough time to go from being a quarterback of a college spread offense to the quarterback of a complex west coast read-option system that the 49ers employ. It’s just not. But from what I can see, without my jaundiced eye trying to paint Kaepernick in the best possible light, is that Kaepernick is a quarterback that has all of the tools to be one of the greatest of all time. Ron Jaworski said it, and I have a higher likelihood of trusting his assessment over just about anything else that anyone else can say.

    January 30th, 2014 9:22 am

  8. Stan

    It always bothers me when the QB doesn’t have good textbook throwing motion. Like in baseball, it usually creates a wall to improvement. The best have it.Throw that purty spiral. Montana,Brady,Starr and Unitas. Even Bradshaw come to think of it.
    Kap’s long windup and wobbly passes that you FEEL moving through the air..and your leaning in your chair giving it some oomph, hoping to get it there. Well,that’s not paid like the best styling’s.
    Give it to Harbaugh instead. His football mind will long out last any QB arm around now.

    January 30th, 2014 10:08 am

  9. Brady

    You don’t pay for what you’ve gotten, you pay for what you’ll get.

    Kap is still developing, but is already a well-above average QB. He’s far better than Flacco (who is dramatically overpaid), and he’s better than Cutler.

    He had the 7th best QBR in the league this season, better than Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Tom Brady.

    He had the 8th best yards/attempt – a far more pertinent statistic than total yards.

    He has more playoff victories than Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, RG3, and Cam Newton . . . combined, despite being a starter for less time than any of them.

    So he didn’t win the Super Bowl yet. It takes a lot more than one player to win a Super Bowl…. Joe Montana, the best there ever was, did it only 4 times in 15 years.

    But if you watched the team these last two years and didn’t leave thinking “the 49ers can win a SB with this guy” then you’re crazy.

    Also, as far as reads go, Trent Dilfer said during the playoffs that Kap made huge strides during the season and was getting loads better at going through his reads.

    January 30th, 2014 10:12 am

  10. Dr. Feelgood

    The current management of the team has enabled all of successes of recent years. Prior to Jed’s ascension and his choice of Baalke as GM, Niners was a shipwreck. Now, the team may miss on a draft choice, but have they ever overpayed? No. It’s doubtful that they’ll start now.

    January 30th, 2014 10:14 am

  11. Unca Chuck

    Russell Wilson is the same QB as Kaepernick, yet he’s integral? Jay Cutler in integral? His fricking backup outplayed him. He led Chicago to the playoffs. In 2010. Brilliant.

    January 30th, 2014 10:15 am

  12. Unca Chuck

    If we are going to point fingers at the issues with this team, how about we start with the ultra conservative play calling in the red zone? Or the fact that this team plays just like Nolan and Singletary wanted to, where you keep it close and win in the end?

    The problem with that is there is no margin for error. Granted, Kaepernick imploded in that 4th quarter, but look at the plays after the Wilson fumble to open the game. Run off left tackle, 2 yard pass, 4 yard run, FG. There’s your killer instict. You have a HUGE turnover to start the game, and you don’t go for the TD. I can’t count how many times I;’ve seen the Niners grind out a 6-0 lead over 1.5 quarters only to see the opponent hit one play and take the lead.

    Last year in the playoffs, the conservative starts led to early deficits that someone at QB overcame. One thing Walsh alweays brought WAS the killer instinct. When your opponent is vulnerable, go for the jugular. The fumble and FG was a win for Seattle. The Niners play so many games close to the vest early that they squander chances to take early leads.

    Besides, what is Greg Roman’s job title? It is Run OC.

    January 30th, 2014 10:24 am

  13. Unca Chuck

    Besides, KC got Smith at a steal for $8 mill. He’s going to sign a big fat extension very soon as well. Better for the Ninerst to set the bar than be forced to jump over it.

    And Mr. Katz, brevity, please. That’s War and Peace . . .

    January 30th, 2014 11:05 am

  14. Unca Chuck

    In other words, $15 mill is the bottom. 4/$64 sounds about right.

    January 30th, 2014 11:06 am

  15. Mark M

    Cutler hasn’t won a Super Bowl nor even come close. Neither has Romo, and a host of others making major money. Statistics lie in this case since our offensive philosophy is based far more on running than throwing. So what you are saying is that Kap should be punished for our offensive philosophy, for the glorified college level passing game as you put it. That’s foolish. He was our only offense far too often this past post season which is a reflection on that offensive philosophy. Kap has gotten us to the Super Bowl despite a weakened running game and a reeling defense. He was and is our offense with this philosophy.

    Can Kap be Brady, Manning, or Rogers? No way. That is obvious as he doesn’t read the defense or the field options and respond anywhere close to where those guys are at. That will take time, and perhaps, he’ll never get there. But 7 or 8 million would be an insult at this point considering his impressive resume to date. 20 mil is way over the top but there is plenty of room in between. Obviously, the lower the number the better since it will allow us to keep Boldin and perhaps one or two other important FAs. This is a key signing for Harbaugh’s handpicked and extremely successful QB. I can’t believe they’ll go anywhere under 10 mil.

    January 30th, 2014 11:08 am

  16. Unca Chuck

    The alternative is what? Play out the contract, franchise him, and watch him leave on a 6/$120 deal from the Jets?? Pea Shooter McCoy to the rescue?

    The point being is if Kaepernick gets anywhere near free agency, he’ll get an astronomical contract from some other team. The Niners won;t do what Balt just did.

    January 30th, 2014 11:08 am

  17. htwaits

    Lowell, your straw dog is soggy.

    January 30th, 2014 12:14 pm

  18. htwaits

    Mike Hatz, I enjoyed your column. Lowell almost always has an agenda which is most of the time to entertain. As for an evaluation, I don’t expect the 49ers to over pay anyone. That’s what the 49ers had to do to win their last Superbowl and it cost them for years.

    January 30th, 2014 12:40 pm

  19. Brady

    Also, if there’s one position where the Niners will consider overpaying, it’s QB. Can’t afford Boldin? Fine, draft a WR. Can’t afford Whitner? Fine, draft a safety.

    SF with Kap, but without Whitner and Boldin has a better chance of winning the SB than SF with Whitner, Boldin, and a rookie QB.

    January 30th, 2014 1:00 pm

  20. GooseLosGatos

    One of your best columns ever.

    Until he can be a premier QB from the pocket – he doesn’t warrant that type of contract.

    He still has trouble checking down his reads and really only thrives in single coverage.

    Could he develop into a superstar – absolutely. But the truth is when you take away the ‘hype’ scouts feel he’s still only an above-average QB that’s elevated by a premier defense, O-Line and conservative play calling (hence the QB rating).

    January 30th, 2014 1:14 pm

  21. TM

    Mike Hatz – I really enjoyed reading your analysis.

    Lowell – I agree about Joe Flacco – pay the QB too much and other good players leave.

    January 30th, 2014 1:37 pm

  22. Mike Hatz

    htwaits,

    Thanks for taking the time to read my reply. I’m not sure if you intended sarcasm when referring to it as a “column” but I did chuckle when I read it.

    I read Mr. Cohn’s posts often, and I find his points to frequently miss the…ahem…point. The issue starts with what Kaepernick’s worth to the 49ers, then derails itself into a bashing of Kaepernick for his perceived failings.

    Cohn’s biggest issue in this article, in my opinion, is letting his distaste for Kaepernick to spill over into a journalistic piece. Add to that his readiness to view the contract negotiations in a vacuum, as if the 49ers would be the only ones determining the price to pay for a potential top-10 quarterback, and not even mentioning the availability of other decent free-agent quarterbacks in the current market. I’ve listed a few in my first response that are coming onto the free agent market this March, and none of those are good options. We could conceivably wait until next year, but the options aren’t that great then either. So in my opinion, it’s worth handing Kaepernick a 10 million dollar per year contract, laden with incentives, to keep him in San Francisco for the next 4-5 years. If we make the playoffs, he gets a bonus. If we make the Championship Game, he gets a bonus. If we make the Super Bowl, he gets a bonus. If we win the Super Bowl, he gets a bonus. That way, the onus is on him to perform at a high level every game.

    Lowell gives me the impression that if Kaepernick had the pocket presence of Peyton Manning, the decisiveness of Tom Brady, the athleticism of…well…Kaepernick, and the scrambling, play-extending capabilities of Russell Wilson, he would still find a way to express distaste for Kaepernick.

    January 30th, 2014 1:49 pm

  23. htwaits

    I did give some thought to the label I attributed to your “column”. Any sarcasm on my part was restricted to my soggy straw dog post.

    January 30th, 2014 11:40 pm

  24. Neal

    I don’t believe Baalke will pay that out. Niners have a system. Also you know and I know Lowell, these contracts of $120 mill are just a load of crap. Cutler deal guarantees him $50 million and I don’t expect the Bears will pay a dime more to a average QB.

    January 31st, 2014 12:09 pm

  25. Spicoli

    As a 49er hater, I have to disagree. Pay the insolent, unproven media star what he thinks he is worth. That way the 49ers can be hamstrung like Baltimore is now.

    Nice face of your franchise 49er fans. Haha.

    February 2nd, 2014 12:04 am

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