Warner: Just a matter of time before Kaepernick gets big bucks

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Warner: Just a matter of time before Kaepernick gets big bucks
March 6, 2014, 5:00 pm
I do believe they want this guy to be their long-term guy, so it’s just a matter of when they’re going to pony up that money.
Kurt Warner on Colin Kaepernick

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Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford average at least $17.6 million in annual salary.

In 27 combined seasons as NFL starters, those four talented quarterbacks have combined for a 3-9 record in the postseason. You know where this is going. In 1 ½ seasons as a starter, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a 4-2 record in the playoffs.

NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner, speaking on NFL Total Access, weighed in on whether Kaepernick should get paid like Ryan, Cutler, Romo and Stafford.

“This is a tough one for me because I don’t know if he’s proven that he’s an $18 million-quarterback yet, but he’s shown signs that he could be that guy,” Warner said. “If you’re going to keep him for the long-term, you’re going to have to pay him that kind of money. (It’s a) tough situation for San Francisco. I think they’d be better off to let him go one more year and then see where he’s at, but not sure they’re going to have the luxury to do that.”

Kaepernick has one year remaining on his contract. He is scheduled to earn $1.073 million in 2014. The 49ers and Kaepernick's representation met during the NFL Scouting Combine to hold preliminary negotiations for a new contract.

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Former NFL agent Joel Corry recently stated with the expected $10 million increase for the salary cap next year, it would cost the 49ers $18.31 million for the non-exclusive franchise tag to retain Kaepernick beyond this season. And that number would increase to nearly $22 million the following year. So, either way, Kaepernick appears to be in line for a huge pay raise.

“These guys don’t come around very often,” Warner said. “A guy that is explosive that can make plays – we saw the other guy in their division in Russell Wilson. Good defense, good running game, very much like San Francisco. (They) need a quarterback to make some of those explosive, game-changing plays – exactly what Kaepernick is. So you can win championships with that kind of formula. San Francisco has it. I do believe they want this guy to be their long-term guy, so it’s just a matter of when they’re going to pony up that money and how much is it going to be.”