Hours after using a quill pen to sign a six-year extension, the fourth-year pro said he feels no pressure to live up to added expectations.
“I’m going to work to make sure I’m worth every penny of this,” said Kaepernick, who coincidentally wore socks with dollar bills on them while speaking to local reporters. “That’s something I feel like I can do.”
Kaepernick has played under the brightest of lights, including two starts in back-to-back NFC Championship games and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII.
Kaepernick said he remains motivated to win multiple titles now that he’s playing in San Francisco for the next seven seasons.
“I’m trying to win as many Super Bowls as I can,” Kaepernick said. “That’s not necessarily realistic to win it every single year, but that’s what your goal is.”
Kaepernick credited his agents and the 49ers front office for getting a contract done earlier than expected. Six weeks sooner, to be exact.
“We can get back to football and get back to trying to win a Super Bowl,” the 26-year-old quarterback said.
On the field, Kaepernick is aiming to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league. The contract might bring on added attention, but Kaepernick is just fine with that.
“To me it’s something I feel like I’m always striving to be in that group, in that elite group in the NFL,” Kaepernick said.
“Whatever comes along with that, comes along with it. For me, I’m worried about being the best player that I can and try to help this organization win as many games as we can.”
Kaepernick said the 49ers made the deal team-friendly.
“They felt like this was something they would be able to get other players,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very grateful for it. There have been too many people to help me get to this position… I’m very grateful for my teammates as well. I wouldn’t be there without them.”
Kaepernick, ironic socks and all, isn’t motivated by his paycheck. It’s the performance that matters most.
“I don’t think my motivation is money driven,” he said. “I think it’s driven by the success I can have on the field … with my teammates.”
Kaepernick will use the rest of the offseason to brush up on his passing skills and get his team in position to compete for a Super Bowl.
“Progressions, getting though reads, making better decisions in certain situations – those are always things you’re looking to improve,” he said.
Kaepernick received a sports car from an endorsement deal, but he said he’s not looking to add anything fancy soon.
“The three most expensive things I own are my TVs, my bed and my couch,” he said. “I’m going to keep it that way for awhile.”
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