- Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported on Saturday that the two sides have begun negotiations on regarding a contract extension at the Scouting Combine.
Cutler, 30, signed a seven-year contract worth $126.7 million that included $54 million guaranteed following the season. However, the most important figure in Cutler’s contract is the fact that he will receive $18 million per year over the first three seasons. After that, Chicago can reconsider the contract in 2017.
Kaepernick, 26, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1.073 million for the 2014 season. Given how successful he’s been since taking over for Alex Smith during the 2012 season, and the fact that he’s still young, it really wouldn’t be surprising to see him do better than Cutler in terms of guaranteed money with his next contract.
Kaepernick has mentioned that it will be important for the two sides to find a balance that will allow San Francisco address other players like WR Michael Crabtree and OLB Aldon Smith who will be entering the year of their rookie contracts as well.
We’ll have more regarding the 49ers negotiations with Kaepernick as the news is available.