Whether you’re an avid football fan or just someone who skims news headlines, you’ve probably come across Colin Kaepernick’s name. In just a few years, he’s made a name for himself both on and off the field. This quarterback has gone from starting for the San Francisco 49ers to sparking political revolutions in sports. Whatever your opinion is of Colin Kaepernick, one thing is for sure, he’s sitting on quite a bit of cash.
Colin Kaepernick Net Worth: $2 Million
Where’d all that green come from?
Kaepernick is snatched up by the 49ers as they trade picks with the Denver Broncos from the thirteenth round and select Kaepernick as the fourth pick in the second round. His first contract was struck with San Francisco for a cool $375,000, with a signing bonus of half a million dollars according to Spotrac. His future seemed uncertain as his consistency wavered from game to game. The 49ers would, however, go on to finish first in the NFC West.
This year would see Kaepernick score his first touchdown, against the New York Jets. Kaepernick would also see his first start in a game as his teammate Alex Smith recovered from a concussion. Proving himself in multiple games, Kaepernick was given the starting position for the rest of the season. He also went on to break records in the postseason, eventually reaching the Super Bowl. Fortune, however, smiled on the Ravens as the 49ers go on to lose 31-34. His base salary also almost doubled this year, raking in $607,922!
Kaepernick seemed to shake off the Super Bowl loss quickly and break records in his very first game of the year against Green Bay. The 2013 season is kind to Kaep as he passes for 3/197 yards, 21 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. Sadly some of these interceptions came at the worst time, the NFC championship game. The 49ers lose to the Seahawks, ending the season. Kaepernick still made a whopping $740,844!
Kaepernick was fined multiple times in 2014. He was first fined for using profane language on the field, and then for wearing his Beats headphones to a post game conference. These fines might add up to $21,000 but he remained unphased. Kaepernick signed a contract extension with San Francisco for the next six years, for $114 million!
San Francisco’s starting quarterback struggled this season. With declining numbers and a shoulder injury, Kaep is replaced by Blaine Gabbert. Collin missed the rest of the 2015 season, but still managed to pass for 1,165 yards before being benched. He also walks away from this year with over $10 million.
Gabbert continued to start for the San Francisco 49ers with Kaepernick as his backup. He didn’t take this sitting down, as he continued to try and regain his position as a starter. He did, however, begin to sit down for the national anthem, sparking nationwide controversy. Kaepernick decided to use his elevated platform as an athlete to try affecting change and start a national dialogue on race in America. Kaepernick became a polarizing force in sports, but no matter your opinion of him, he walks away with almost $12 million as his base salary for 2016.
This young quarterback recently restructured his contract and has shown that he is ambitious and driven. Only time will tell if he remains a 49er or will move on to another team to chase greatness. He did show flashes of his prior glory in his 11 starts with the 49ers in 2016, so it will be interesting to see if he’s in a starting or backup role in 2017.