Don't rip Colin Kaepernick for not taking $4.9 million pay slice

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:26 PM

It'south at the top of the list for NFL players. Free agency, contract negotiations, status in the locker room. You play for the cash, for the security that comes with guaranteed loot in your pocket.

Don't rip Colin Kaepernick for not taking $4.9 million pay slice

Money. It'south at the top of the list for NFL players. Free agency, contract negotiations, status in the locker room. You play for the cash, for the security that comes with guaranteed loot in your pocket.

Give it back to management? To the ownership players refuse to trust? Arrive on, man. Get real.

I'm shocked that'south even an perceived option for Colin Kaepernick in this mini-saga being created between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos in hopes of pulling off a trade for the youthful quarterback. The deal is being held up because the quarterback won't voluntarily give far millions? I don't blame him. That'south not modify you discover in the couch.

It'south one thing for Peyton Manning to get a pay slice going into latest season after stockpiling over $200 million in his career. I can realize that ... sort of. But Kaepernick, who spent three seasons playing on a cheap rookie deal, isn't in that same stratosphere. Hand over $4.9 million? Nah. That'south about forty-one % of his $11.9 million salary for this upcoming season -- the same salary that was just guaranteed on April 1. 

Number one does that, right? I'm talking about pro ball players -- and the guy who works at IBM or teaches high school English. Would you get a forty-one % pay slice to go work somewhere else? I wouldn't. A better situation? Not for that price. Forget that speak about playing for rings and wins. That doesn't apply here when discussing this type of cash.

Maybe playing in Denver is the right move for Kaepernick from a pure football perspective. He can running the boot scheme all day in Gary Kubiak'south offense, align in the pistol, add in some zone-read and obtain the ball out to some legit weapons at wide receiver. And he could do all of that while leaning on a championship-level defense, the same defense that just tore up the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl stage.

That sounds beautiful nice. And it could be the modify Kaepernick needs to reboot his career.

But is it  really a better play for Kaepernick than staying in San Francisco and working below Chip Kelly? Kelly'south scheme could maximize Kaepernick'south talent at the position if the quarterback takes the required developmental steps to advance his overall game. It might work. And you can bet Kelly will create some changes to his coaching fashion and the program he runs after being fired by the Eagles.

Really, I can look the positives of both clubs for Kaepernick. And I also can realize if the quarterback wants out of San Francisco. Stuff happens in this league. But given how tough it's to create huge money in the NFL, and the price these guys have to pay, is it worth giving some of that cash back?

That'south what I can't wrap my mind around. I just can't. This is already a brutal game. The beating keep on a player'south body, the fixed speak and fear of concussions, the shelf life during an real NFL career ... I mean, players are slice all of the time. Four- and five-year deals are really two-year contracts and rookies are drafted every spring to replace weathered, experienced vets. It'south an endless cycle where you just attempt to survive before the league pushes you out the back door.

Current players and the guys from my generation all agree. You're independent contractor in the pros, a gun for hire. Go obtain yours. It doesn't sound right, and fans mightn't love to hear it, but that money is tough to get.

Give back $4.9 million? Not in a million years.

ESPN. com NFL analyst Matt Bowen played seven seasons as a defensive back in the NFL.

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