49ers brass agree Kaepernick deserves extension

49ers brass agree Kaepernick deserves extension
March 26, 2014, 7:00 am
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Colin Kaepernick is entering the final season of his four-year, $5.124 million rookie contract. (USATSI)

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a perfect week at the NFL owners meetings.

There is no argument among 49ers CEO Jed York, general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh that getting Kaepernick signed to a long-term extension is a top priority.

Moreover, York and Harbaugh went so far as to say that Kaepernick deserves to be paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Currently, there are seven quarterbacks who average at least $18 million annually.

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By the time the 49ers report to training camp, there might be an eighth.

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“I think we all know what Colin’s earning potential is,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “We all pretty much know what the numbers are.”

Harbaugh’s comments came one day after York said the 49ers are prepared to deliver a blockbuster deal.

“I think there’s a lot that he’s done that has put him in that position where he should be paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the league," York said. "And I think that’s where we’ll end up -- whether we get it done now or later.”

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Harbaugh said Kaepernick’s level of play and the dedication he shows to his craft only reinforces to the organization that Kaepernick is worthy of a big contract. Baalke said the 49ers want to get something worked out before the starting of training camp.

“We all look at it that way,” Harbaugh said. “He deserves that. That’s what he deserves. That’s what the market pays for that job. Nobody attacks it more than he does. Nobody wants to be great like he does.”