San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a new six-year contract extension Wednesday that keeps him with the franchise through the 2020 season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Santa Clara, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick insists he just happened to pull on a pair of socks with dollar bill prints all over them Wednesday morning — before he learned he had struck a new fortune with the 49ers.
“I had these on before I found out,” Kaepernick quipped. “Luck of the draw.”
Kaepernick received a $126 million, six-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the 49ers organization through the 2020 season.
The deal includes $61 million in guaranteed money, according to several reports.
The sides had made it a top priority to get a deal complete before the start of training camp next month.
“They were able to get it done six weeks earlier than what I think everyone thought,” Kaepernick said. “I’m excited to have it done at this point and we don’t have to worry about talks or anything like that moving forward.”
Kaepernick, whose quick ascent to the ranks of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks earned him rock star status, had been due to make less than $1 million this season
Since taking over the starting job from Alex Smith two years ago, Kaepernick led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 18 years after the 2012 season — losing by three points to the Ravens — and then to the NFC Championship last season, a three-point defeat to the rival and eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
A second-round pick out of Nevada in 2011, Kaepernick has thrived under former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
“I really expect a real breakout year for Colin,” Harbaugh said.
Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes confirmed he was driving the second car in an alleged race on city streets that led to teammate Marcell Dareus crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree last week.
“I was there. I was involved in it,” Hughes said following practice Wednesday.
Hughes said Hamburg Town (N.Y.) police have contacted him regarding his role in the accident, which occurred near Ralph Wilson Stadium and about 3 hours after the team ended a minicamp practice last Friday.
He added no other Bills players were involved.
... Giants defensive back Jayron Hosley was suspended first four games of this season by NFL officials for violating the substance abuse policy.
... The Colts signed free-agent cornerback Johnny Adams (Michigan State).
Adams played with the Bills last season.