How Much Did Colin Kaepernick Make Playing In The NFL?

By on October 11, 2017 in ArticlesSports News

As the NFL season rolls on, teams have made it clear that they don't plan on signing Colin Kaepernick.

The Baltimore Ravens came close, even going so far as to schedule an in-person meeting with the quarterback. But when Kaepernick's girlfriend tweeted a photo comparing Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and former player Ray Lewis to a scene from Django Unchained, the meeting – and any chance of signing Kaepernick – fell through.

Kaepernick put up above-average numbers last season, but seeing guys like Dan Orlovsky and Brandon Weeden getting deals before Kaepernick does is a pretty telling sign.

If Kaepernick's playing days are indeed done, he's left a huge amount of money on the table, despite signing a "record" seven-year, $126 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014.

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As it turns out, Kaepernick only made about 31 percent of the money from that deal, and over six seasons in the NFL, his career earnings are $43,479,216, or a little less than $7 million per year.

Kaepernick's big deal was highly touted at the time, but even back then, the number seemed inflated. Only a $12.3 million signing bonus and Kaepernick's $645,000 salary in 2014 were actually guaranteed. And because of how the contract was worded, Kaepernick lost $2 million in 2015 because he didn't make first- or second-team All-Pro and the 49ers didn't make the Super Bowl.

Oh, and that other $61 million from his deal that was also apparently "guaranteed?" Kaepernick would only get that money if he suffered a career-ending injury.

Kaepernick restructured his contract in 2016, adding a player option for 2017. Knowing he'd be released, Kaepernick opted out of the deal in March, hoping he could sign a new contract elsewhere.

That hasn't happened yet, though. It's looking like Kaepernick may never recoup the $87 million he missed out on from his "record" deal.

Articles Written by Joey Held
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