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Steve Young on Colin Kaepernick extension: ‘He needs to develop still’

Steve YoungSteve Young is complimentary of Colin Kaepernick’s skills and abilities as a player, but he believes the young quarterback has a lot of developing to do, especially after receiving such a big contract extension from the San Francisco 49ers.

“This is a complete commitment, but I don’t know that they had a choice. He’s been so successful early. It’s quarterback-driven league,” Young said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Wednesday in response to the 6-year, $126 million extension Kaepernick is receiving from the 49ers.

Young, who was known for being an excellent passer who also was a great scrambler, believes Kaepernick needs to transition into becoming a pocket passer.

“This is a big moment for the 49ers entering the future. I think the challenge is going to be how he develops and how do they use him,” said Young. “Because guys with legs, they have to transition. It’s not about the legs; it’s can you develop into that guy who can orchestrate from the pocket. If he’s going to be like that, he needs to develop still. And then you’re paying him $61 million guaranteed — you have to expect that that’s going to be the development that takes place.”

Though Young recognizes how great of a runner Kaepernick is and how effective it has been for him, he emphasized the importance of Kaep becoming a pure passer.

“That’s the thing — he’s so effective (as a runner). I didn’t run for 180 yards in a playoff game! The things he’s doing, you want to say ‘keep doing that!’ But I’m of the belief — and until I’m proven wrong I think it’s the truth — you have to win from the pocket. That’s the NFL truth. And people that try to bend that truth — Randall Cunningham, myself, others — you get straightened up to the truth. You have to deliver the ball out of the pocket effectively out of the huddle.”

Young continued to touch on those principles and emphasized that becoming a pocket passer is a “very difficult process” and that Kaepernick will have to be committed to it. He called it a long, boring challenge that a lot of guys are not willing to do.

He’s probably right, and I’m sure both Kaepernick and the 49ers believe the transition will take place. Many quarterbacks evolve into pocket passers because they realize you can’t scramble in the NFL without taking a beating. Kaep is a smart guy and will recognize that. But don’t get overly critical of him as a passer; he’s a good quarterback and is definitely a franchise QB. He’ll prove it. And he will eventually become more of a pocket passer, just as most good running quarterbacks become.

Colin Kaepernick gets $61 million guaranteed in six-year extension

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick is getting paid some big-time money by the San Francisco 49ers.

A day after it was reported that the two sides resumed contract extension talks, we learned that an agreement was reached on a six-year extension. The extension will run through 2020 and it reportedly calls for Kaepernick to be paid $61 million guaranteed and can be worth up to $126 million.

The guaranteed money is a huge amount and more than what anyone other quarterback in history has been paid.

Kaepernick is absolutely worth it.

The guy is only 26 and led the Niners to the Super Bowl in his first year as a starter, and he took them to the NFC Championship Game in his second season. He can throw, he can scramble, and he is a good all-around player who is only getting better.

With this deal, the Niners are ensuring that they will have one of the league’s top QBs during the prime of his career. He is a franchise quarterback and this is the kind of money it takes to lock up a good, young one.

If you want to win in the NFL, you need a good quarterback, and this is how much they cost. I don’t see how anyone could complain about this contract.

Colin Kaepernick on 911 tapes ‘I’m glad the truth is getting out’

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick has been vocal in defending himself against the allegations that he was involved in some sort of sexual assault case, and 911 audio recordings that were released on Tuesday seem to support his case.

TMZ first reported that Kaepernick was involved in an alleged sexual case in Florida that was being investigated. A woman claimed she went over to see Kaepernick at a hotel ended up in the hospital without knowing how she got there. Kaepernick maintained his innocence in the matter. His said that the women came over, got naked in a bed and would not leave.

The 911 audio, which features the voices of two of Kaepernick’s friends — Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton — seems to confirm Kaepernick’s side.

A day after the audio came out, Kaepernick tweeted the following:

The 49ers have stood behind him during the investigation and so have we. From the start, it only sounded like Kaepernick was just tied to an investigation but not really a perpetrator. This audio seems to confirm that.

49ers were reportedly ready to give Colin Kaepernick $100 million deal

Colin KaepernickThe San Francisco 49ers supposedly were prepared to give Colin Kaepernick a $100 million deal prior to his involvement in the sexual assault case.

During a visit on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday, San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami told DP that the Niners were prepared to give Kaepernick a $100 million deal prior to the investigation.

Word came out last week that Kaepernick was being investigated in connection to a suspicious incident earlier in the month at a Miami hotel. Kaepernick was with two other NFL players when it happened. The woman involved says she woke up in the hospital the morning after hanging out with the guys at their hotel room and had no idea how she got there. Kaepernick ripped the sexual assault report saying that it wasn’t true.

Word later emerged that it was the players who called police because the woman supposedly would not leave.

Kaepernick is entering his fourth season in the league and set to make less than $1 million next season before he becomes a free agent. Kawakami also reported that the Niners are standing by Kaepernick amid the investigation.

We’re guessing CK ultimately gets a big deal from the team. He’s believed to be looking for $20 million per season.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Zone

Colin Kaepernick rips TMZ sexual assault report

Colin-Kaepernick-flexingTMZ was the first to report on Thursday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for sexual assault over an alleged incident that took place in Miami. When the actual police report was later shared by The Sacramento Bee, nothing was mentioned about sexual assault. Instead, police said they were investigating a “suspicious incident.”

TMZ later clarified their report by acknowledging that police used the term “suspicious incident” but noted that it is clear an alleged sex crime is being investigated because the case was referred to the Special Victim’s Office. On Friday morning, Kaepernick took to Twitter to blast TMZ.

Kaepernick and two other NFL players, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette, reportedly hung out at Lockette’s apartment with a woman who claims she had a previous sexual relationship with Kaepernick. She claimed she had a few drinks and felt lightheaded, so she went to a bedroom with Kaepernick. While she said she did not have sex with Kaepernick, the woman woke up in a hospital bed the next morning and claimed she did not remember how she got there.

Kaepernick’s agent Scott Smith also addressed the allegations on Friday.

“We stand by Colin 100% and are fully confident that the truth will be evident once the facts come to light regarding this matter,” Smith said, via Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. “Thank you for supporting Colin.”

H/T Pro Football Talk

Report: Colin Kaepernick being investigated for sexual assault

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Colin Kaepernick is reportedly being investigated for sexual assault. According to TMZ, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was involved in an alleged incident that took place at the Viceroy Hotel in Miami earlier this month.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee later reported that police are investigating what they called a “suspicious incident” involving Kaepernick and two other NFL players, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette. The police report states that the incident took place on April 1.

A woman claims she went to Lockette’s apartment at 9 p.m. and Kaepernick and Patton were there. She was reportedly told that if she wanted to drink shots that were made “she had to ‘hit’ the bong which contained marijuana.” The woman claimed she felt lightheaded and went to a bedroom with Kaepernick, whom she had a sexual relationship with in the past. She claimed that she and Kaepernick did not have sex and that Patton and Lockette peaked in the bedroom and she told them to get out.

The woman went on to say she woke up in a hospital bed the next morning and did not remember how she got there. As Barrows noted, the police report did not mention sexual assault.

TMZ’s sources said that Kaepernick hung out with a wedding party at the Viceroy pool over the weekend and one member of the group said he was extremely kind and “made the bride’s weekend.”

The 49ers acknowledged the report on Thursday morning.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.

We’ll have updates as they become available.

Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton try to sing Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ (Video)

Colin-Kaepernick-Cam-Newton-singingColin Kaepernick and Cam Newton hosted Cartoon Network’s “Hall of Game Awards” on Monday night. The NFL stars seemed to have a great time doing it, especially when they took the stage surrounded by kids and showed off their singing skills.

When we say “singing skills,” we really mean lack thereof. Newton and Kaepernick each took a turn singing a version of Katy Perry’s “Roar” and inserted their team name into the chorus. While we commend them for doing it for the children, we’re obligated to note that they have to be easily two of the worst singers in professional sports.

Please let that be a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Video via TMZ