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2013 Super Bowl: Colin Kaepernick locked into rookie deal, Super Bowl or not

The 49ers could win the Super Bowl and Colin Kaepernick could win MVP, but the quarterback is still locked into his rookie deal.

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Colin Kaepernick can be a Super Bowl champion, but it won't make him especially well paid (comparatively, at least). Thanks to the NFL's CBA, Kaepernick cannot re-negotiate his contract, even if he wins a Super Bowl and the San Francisco 49ers want to. He is locked into his rookie deal no matter what, says Adam Schefter.

Sixty minutes from a world championship, Kaepernick is finishing up Year Two of a four-year, $5.12 million deal that is worth more than $3 million less in full than what Mark Sanchez will make from the New York Jets next season.

Yet Kaepernick has no out. He is locked into the deal until after the 2013 season.

Of course, Kaepernick will have a fat contract waiting for him once his rookie deal runs out, but that doesn't do him any good for 2013. Instead, Sanchez will get paid to run into his linemen and fumble.

There are two sides to this:

  1. Kaepernick signed his deal and should have to play it out. He agreed to be paid that much and that's how much he should be paid, whether he's great or not.
  2. A player should be rewarded for his excellent play. Kaepernick has the 49ers in the Super Bowl and should be paid like a Super Bowl caliber quarterback.
Those sides don't really matter, though. Kaepernick will stay cheap, and the 49ers will probably keep winning thanks to their exhilarating young QB. The 49ers and Kaepernick are just hoping that one of those many wins to come includes one in the Super Bowl. If so, Kaepernick will have even more money waiting for him when this rookie deal runs out.