49ers Kaepernick reach six-year extension

The 49ers inked star signal-caller Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2020 NFL season.

The deal will pay Kaepernick up to $126 million, with $61 million guaranteed, according to NFL.com.

The final year of the young star’s rookie contract was to pay him some $1 million in 2014.

“Colin’s hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization,” said 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.”

Last season, Kaepernick set career highs in pass completions (243), passing yards (3,197) and passing touchdowns (21).

He also recorded 92 rushing attempts for 524 yards and four touchdowns. It was his first full season as the starting quarterback.

He led the 49ers to a 12-4 record and a berth in a third straight NFC championship game.

In 2012, Kaepernick played in 13 regular-season games, starting seven of them.

He threw for 1,814 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He carried the ball 63 times for 415 yards and five scores.

Kaepernick, who was selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, earned national attention in his first career playoff start by setting the NFL single-game rushing record by a quarterback with 181 yards against Green Bay.

His 49ers eventually lost to the Ravens in the Super Bowl 47.


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