Colin Kaepernick's giant contract extension is great for Russell Wilson

Colin Kaepernick's giant contract extension is great for Russell Wilson

Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field.

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by CHRIS STRAUSS / USA TODAY Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 6:27 AM

The next time NFC West rivals Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson get together to play video games, they’ll likely be able to do it in each other’s mansions.

If there’s one person who might be even happier about Kaepernick’s reported six-year, $126 million (with a record $61 million guaranteed) contract extension than the 49ers quarterback himself, it’s the Seahawks’ Super Bowl winning signal caller.

As USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero reports, Kaepernick was due to make $973,766 in base salary in 2014 (the final year of his rookie deal) and the 49ers wanted to avoid the possibility of having to franchise him or even worse, the potential of him pulling a Joe Flacco and skyrocketing his value even higher heading into free agency.

2012 third-round pick Wilson, who entered the league a year after Kaepernick, is signed for his bargain basement rookie deal through the 2015 season, so there’s not an imperative by the team to give him an extension this offseason, especially after doling out new deals to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Although you couldn’t blame the Seahawks quarterback if watching his rival pull out that quill pen Wednesday sparked some urgent calls to his agent to start bugging general manager John Schneider more regularly.

Assuming that Wilson doesn’t completely fall apart in 2014, it’s hard not to see him dwarfing those numbers with his own deal by this time next summer. In two seasons he’s already won one Super Bowl, holds a better overall quarterback rating and arguably has done more with less offensive weapons in Seattle.

The Seahawks defense may get all of the flash but if Wilson can enter contract talks with two NFC titles (or even two Super Bowl rings) in three years, their franchise quarterback will be able to ask for the most guaranteed money in NFL contract history. And he’ll get it.

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