According to a report, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seeking a deal similar to—or, obviously, better than—those given to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Dallas Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo.
The Boston Globe reported Sunday that Kaepernick and the 49ers have begun discussions on a new deal and that the third-year quarterback is looking for a deal similar to those given to Cutler ($38 million guaranteed, $18.1 million per season) or Romo ($40 million guaranteed, $18 million a year).
It’s not likely that the 49ers will let Kaepernick walk as a free agent, but the Globe report cited sources saying Kaep would rather play out his rookie contract—which will pay him $973,766 in 2014—and postpone negotiations until after the 2014 season than take a below-market deal.
For what it’s worth, Kaepernick has guided the 49ers to five playoff wins in two seasons as the starter—three of them on the road. Cutler and Romo each have one playoff victory to their credit.
That said, Kaepernick ranked 20th in the NFL with 3,197 yards and 416 attempts last season and his 58.4 percent completion mark was 31st among 37 qualified quarterbacks in the NFL and his 200 yards per game ranked 32nd.
His 91.6 passer rating was 10th in the league and he was seventh among NFL quarterbacks with a Total QBR of 68.6, according to ESPN.
Kaepernick was fourth among NFL quarterbacks with 524 rushing yards, trailing only Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor and Russell Wilson, and his four rushing touchdowns tied for third. Newton and Geno Smith had six each, while Andrew Luck and Christian Ponder also had four apiece.