While the Ravens, Packers, Cowboys and Lions are paying premium prices for their franchise quarterbacks, the 49ers and Seahawks — thanks to the CBA — are not.
This season, in what will be the final year of the contract before it is restructured and extended, the 49ers will pay Colin Kaepernick a base salary of $741,000. The Seahawks will pay Russell Wilson a base salary of $525,000. San Francisco and Seattle will do this at a time when Denver will pay Peyton Manning a base salary of $882,352 per week, meaning Manning will make more in one week this season than either Wilson or Kaepernick will all season.
The two NFC West rivals, each of whom is a favorite to win the NFC championship, have an excess of cash and salary-cap space to upgrade their rosters in other areas because they are prohibited from giving that money to their quarterbacks.
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