According to a report, the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have begun talks on a long-term contract.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, however, said there is a long way to go before a deal is done.
“An NFL source indicated to me today that team president Paraag Marathe and Colin Kaepernick’s representatives had a solid start to talks that could eventually lead to a rich new extension for the 49ers QB.
“Emphasize ‘could eventually.’
“There are many miles to go on this, of course. Any Kaepernick deal will be very large and any agreement involves many different leaps of faith …”
Despite the guarded tone, there is reason to be optimistic Kaepernick will remain a 49er for the long term—the sides, at the very least, appear interested in continuing discussions.
Kaepernick has started 23 regular season games for the 49ers over the last two seasons, during which San Francisco has a 17-6 record, and the team is 4-2 in his six postseason starts. His three playoff road victories are the most by a quarterback in franchise history.
Last season, Kaepernick started all 16 games and completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 91.6, 10th-best in the NFL, while he also rushed for 524 yards and four touchdowns on 92 carries. According to ESPN.com, Kaepernick’s Total Quarterback Rating of 68.6 ranked seventh in the league.
According to spotrac.com, Kaepernick has a base salary of $973,766 for 2014 and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March 2015.