Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
I do not see the Niners paying Kaepernick Flacco, even Romo/Cutler type money. At least not based on what he's shown thus far. Preference and potential aside, he is not a developed package yet. He is surrounded by an excellent team. They carry him to a large extent; not vice versa. The other QBs who have cashed in are much more polished products. A finished product, so to speak. One may be enamored with Kap's potential and greater ceiling and I certainly am, but he's not going to command that kind of money until he possesses the complete repertoire.
The Niners will attempt to lock him in at the conclusion of this season with an attractive package; meaning long-term, but very cap friendly and a lot of "show me" written into it. One which will give them plenty of outs if he doesn't pan out. For whatever reason.
I predict Kaepernick will take such a deal. Because it will be fair and because Kaepernick is full of proving himself.
The Niners are finacially savvy; they will not destroy a complete roster for one guy. They buy themselves time if they see a problem looming and look for alternatives.