49ers Sign Colin Kaepernick to Contract Extension Through 2020 Season
From the San Francisco 49ers:
The San Francisco 49ers have signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season.
“Colin’s hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “His work ethic, leadership and on-field production have positively influenced our team, and we look forward to his continued growth in all areas.
“Our organization always looks to reward our players for their contributions and commitment to the team. Colin’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, along with Paraag Marathe and Brian Hampton, should be commended for working diligently to reach an agreement.”
Kaepernick was originally selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by San Francisco. He has played in 32 games (23 starts), completing 382 of 639 pass attempts for 5,046 yards and 31 touchdowns. Kaepernick has started all six postseason games in which he has appeared, including two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. In those games, he posted four wins and threw for 1,374 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 94 of 162 pass attempts. He has also rushed for 507 yards and four touchdowns on 51 rushing attempts in the playoffs. Kaepernick’s 507 rushing yards ranks second among all quarterbacks in NFL postseason history (Steve Young, 594 yards).
In his first career postseason start, Kaepernick set the NFL single-game rushing record (regular season and postseason) by a quarterback with 181 yards vs. Green Bay (Jan. 12, 2013). Kaepernick led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII having made only nine career starts, the third fewest starts among all quarterbacks in NFL history to start a Super Bowl. His three road playoff victories are also the most among quarterbacks in franchise history.
In 2013, Kaepernick started all 16 regular season games, and all three postseason contests, setting career highs in completions (243), passing yards (3,197) and passing touchdowns (21), while also recording 92 rushing attempts for 542 yards and four touchdowns.
A 26-year-old native of Turlock, Calif., Kaepernick played at the University of Nevada, where he was the first college Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback to pass for 10,000-plus yards and rush for 4,000-plus yards. In 51 games (47 starts) for the Wolf Pack, he completed 740 of 1,271 pass attempts for 10,098 yards and 82 touchdowns, while registering 600 rushing attempts for 4,112 yards and 59 touchdowns.