Kap: Structure of extension meant to keep team together

Kap: Structure of extension meant to keep team together
June 19, 2014, 2:30 pm
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You can skew things however you want. At the end of the day, a lot of the way the contract is set up is how every other quarterback’s contract is set up.
Colin Kaepernick

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SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick got everything out of his recent contract extension that he wanted, he said Thursday upon the conclusion of the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp.

Kaepernick received approximately $13 million fully guaranteed on an extension through the 2020 season that is scheduled to pay him $115 million. The structure of the deal has been described as a pay-as-you-go deal that benefits the 49ers.

“You can skew things however you want,” Kaepernick said. “At the end of the day, a lot of the way the contract is set up is how every other quarterback’s contract is set up. And the things that aren’t set up like those contracts are because we wanted them that way so we can sign other players.

“It was very deliberate by my agents, the organization and myself that we wanted things done this way so we could keep a solid team here.

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Kaepernick’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein of XAM Sports, negotiated the contract with 49ers president Paraag Marathe.

The 49ers had two players -- tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone -- hold out from the minicamp due to contract disputes. Also, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and guard Mike Iupati, who enter the final year of their contracts, are expected to fetch big-money deals as free agents.

When asked if it’s fair to say that Kaepernick is betting on himself with the structure of his contract, he said, “If that’s you want to call it, yes.”