With enough space under the salary cap to work out a long-term extension, the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick’s agent are reportedly scheduled for a meeting to resume contract negotiations.
The two sides are scheduled to meet this week, the Sacramento Bee reports, citing a source close to the situation. Kaepernick’s agent is Scott Smith of Wisconsin-based XAM Sports.
Kaepernick, XAM Sports’ top client, is expected to land a contract in the range of $20 million a season. Team CEO Jed York expressed in March that Kaepernick deserved to be among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
“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 at the NFL owners meetings. "And I think that’s where we’ll end up -- whether we get it done now or later. We hope we get it done soon. If we don’t, I don’t think it’s going to be acrimonious.”
The 49ers have more than $8 million in salary cap space with Carlos Rogers’ salary officially being wiped from the books after June 1 following his release in March. General manager Trent Baalke said it was the organization's goal to have a new contract for Kaepernick completed by the opening of training camp in late-July.
Kaepernick this season is scheduled to earn $1.073 million, including a $100,000 workout bonus, in the fourth and final year of his original contract. Meanwhile, backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert's entire $2.011 million salary is guaranteed. Kaepernick said last week that he remains focused on football and is not concerned with the negotiations.
“I’m letting my agents handle all of that, and I’m worried about being out here, trying to get better with my teammates and get ready for the season,” Kaepernick said. “I’m playing football regardless.”
The 49ers and Smith opened preliminary negotiations in a public way during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with dinner that included Smith and 49ers president Paraag Marathe at a popular Indianapolis restaurant while surrounded by many other NFL people. The negotiations stalled once Kaepernick’s name surfaced in a police report of a “suspicious incident” in Miami in April.
A woman, who said she partied at an apartment shared by Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette claimed she felt light-headed and did not know how she ended up in a hospital.
In 911 tapes that Miami Police released on May 6, a man, previously reported as Lockette, said there was a naked woman in his friend’s bed and she would not leave. The friend, believed to be Kaepernick, was not at the apartment, according to the caller.
“We asked her to leave,” the caller to 911 said. “Told her he’s not going to be here tonight. And she said she was not leaving until she sees him.”
The investigation is winding down in Miami, and spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office said investigators are “awaiting an important piece of information.” Miami Chief of Police Manuel Orosa last week declined to comment on any of the evidence in the case or the results of the toxicology tests. When asked if Kaepernick, Patton or Lockette have been interviewed, Orosa responded, “Their attorney declined our invitation for interviews.”
Kaepernick last week said he was eager for the investigation to wrap up.
“At this point, I’m going to let them handle their business,” Kaepernick said. “I did nothing wrong in that incident. So I want to do everything I can to let the DA close this matter.”