Colin Kaepernick Contract: How Much Money Will Seattle Seahawks Be Paying For Backup Quarterback? [Opinion]

Colin Kaepernick’s contract with the Seattle Seahawks has already generated a number of rumors, including whether it is a good idea in the first place. There have been a lot of NFL rumors about the Seahawks signing Kaepernick, including a previous report by the Inquisitr, where three additional teams were linked to the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. As a new report by the Seattle Times stated, though, the Seahawks ended up being the only team that invited him for a workout.

There have been a number of additional reports that Kaepernick’s visit with the Seahawks went very well and that he is interested in signing with the team. Despite all the news that came out of the meetings, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times states that no signing is imminent. This contradicts some NFL rumors on social media that a Colin Kaepernick contract was already in place with the Seattle Seahawks. It could still happen, though, and a report by ESPN reveals the options that Seahawks general manager John Schneider has to work with this offseason.

The three options that the Seahawks have with a Kaepernick contract are a minimum salary benefit deal, a one-year deal worth between $2 million and $4 million, and a multiyear deal. There are potential benefits to each of the three solutions, even if it has been rumored that Kaepernick and his agent had been looking for a salary north of $10 million per season. Another report by the Inquisitr revealed that Kaepernick had opted out of the final season of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, leaving a guaranteed $14.5 million on the table for the 2017 NFL season.

So what do all of these options mean for the Seattle Seahawks, and is a Colin Kaepernick contract a good idea for John Schneider to undertake? If the team can convince Kaepernick to sign a very team-friendly deal, it could be the minimum salary benefit. This option is available for veterans who would typically make more than the minimum NFL wage due to their time in the league. Kaepernick could agree to that deal, earning $980,000, but only $695,000 would count against the Seahawks’ salary cap.

The other likely deal would be a one-year contract worth between $2 million and $4 million for the 2017 season. This would give Kaepernick a good salary while also keeping it affordable for the Seahawks. While it certainly isn’t close to $10 million and isn’t a long-term commitment from the team, it is definitely a way for Kaepernick to prove to the rest of the league that he deserves a better deal for the 2018 NFL season. What he needs to do is get back on the field and overcome the terrible record he posted with the San Francisco 49ers over the past few seasons.

One of the other avenues and most unlikely possibilities for a Colin Kaepernick contract would be the Seattle Seahawks offering him multiple years for a lot of money. The team doesn’t have a lot of salary cap space to offer a backup quarterback, and John Schneider may not want to commit a lot of resources to Kaepernick just yet. Signing him is seen as an insurance policy for the team, as he has a similar playing style to Russell Wilson, but the team isn’t looking for someone to play much in 2017.

It still makes sense for the Seahawks to sign Kaepernick, as he is the type of quarterback who could easily fill in for Wilson should the Pro Bowl quarterback and Super Bowl winner ever miss any time. That’s a worst-case scenario, though, as most backup quarterbacks are signed in order to provide insurance in case an injury ever takes place. In a best-case scenario for the Seattle Seahawks, the team agrees to an inexpensive contract with Colin Kaepernick and he never even sees the field once the regular season begins.

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