The San Francisco 49ers made headlines more than a week ago when they signed controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a restructured deal. The latest NFL rumors suggest that the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals will do the same thing to their respective QBs, Ryan Tannehill and Carson Palmer.
According to ESPN, the 49ers and Kaepernick have agreed to turn the remaining four years of his deal into a two-year contract with a player option for the second year. His base salary of $16.5 million will still the same but “Kap” can opt out of his deal this upcoming offseason.
It should be noted that if Kaepernick gets injured this season, the 49ers will not be on the hook for his salary next season. However, the 28-year-old can finally start fresh after the season and sign with a new team, making the deal a win-win for both sides.
On the other hand, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports suggested that the Dolphins and Cardinals do the same restructuring to their quarterbacks. Ryan Tannehill signed a four-year, $77 million extension in the offseason but he has played terribly this season under head coach Adam Gase.
“They could move on from the quarterback without significant cap or cash ramifications. That’s a massive risk in the eyes of some given Tannehill’s production since being selected in the first round in 2012,” La Canfora noted.
As for the Cardinals, Carson Palmer is off to a slow start and his injury history is a problem for a team that has hopes to win the Super Bowl. Palmer still has two years left on his contract until he becomes a free agent in 2019 when he turns 39 years old.
“Arizona has Super Bowl aspirations, and Palmer gives them the best shot to reach that goal now, but the contract was constructed to allow them some flexibility to move on from Palmer after the season if need be, and those future pay days are not currently fully guaranteed,” La Canfora opined.
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