Originally posted by real9erfan:If Kaep chooses to sign an extension now it will play well into the 49ers hands regarding signing other players. His agent may say otherwise though. Kaep might play out his contract and then threaten to leave to get what he wants. There will be teams that will give him close to what he wants. Every team knows his ceiling now. I can see an AZ or Houston coming after him, both teams that can get to the SB.
Originally posted by dj43:
Two contracts may dictate whether the window is open or not:
Crabtree and Kaepernick.
Crabtree, based on his past, is going to want MORE THAN Dwayne Bowe money ($11MILLION/YR). That represents an $8MILLION/yr increase over his present cap number. Will he settle for less or insist on "getting paid?" If he gets paid, it will mean someone like Iupati will not.
Kaepernick may have just played himself back a year in an extension unless he is willing to settle for a heavily incentive laden deal. His current cap number is $1.6MILLION/yr. He will certainly get a raise but is he worth the $18MILLION some have suggested. I don't think so but that is Tony Romo/Matthew Stafford territory and some will argue he deserves to be there. If Crabtree gets what he wants and Kaepernick pulls another $15MILLION INCREASE off the cap line, there will be a lot of young/cheaper players on the roster.
Gonna be a busy off-season.
Yeah I'd rather the 49ers extend Kap now, when his value is still not that high. Of course that will be up to Kap. He may want to play another year on his current contract and hope his value will increase next year based on his improved performance. Then again, he may think that he should get what he can now, given all the uncertainties of playing in the NFL.
[ Edited by Baldie on Jan 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM ]