Programming note: Watch Jim Tomsula's introductory press conference today at 3:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
When Colin Kaepernick signed his contract extension with the 49ers, initial reports claimed the deal was for up to $126 million with more than $60 million guaranteed.
However, it turned out the initial numbers were highly deceptive, a league source told CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco back in early June.
The reality is that the actual contract includes only $13.073 million in fully guaranteed money. The rest of the money is guaranteed for injury only.
The rest of the so-called guaranteed money comes in the form of base salaries in 2014-‘17, and part of 2018, which are guaranteed for injury only.
Essentially, the 49ers can release Kaepernick and only absorb the remaining prorated money from his signing bonus as a hit on the salary cap.
The deadline for the club to pick up the base salary on Kaepernick’s contract comes on April 1 of each year.
Is it possible the 49ers could part ways with their QB in the coming months?
"The great quarterbacks have to be tremendous decision-makers and they have to be accurate," 49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan said on KNBR 680-AM Wednesday evening. "And Colin struggles in both of those areas and has throughout his career ... it's all gonna be up to him.
"Nobody has really wanted to hear this for several weeks, if not months, but there's a big decision to be made on him in terms of the quarterback for next year. Once they get the coordinator, Colin is gonna be under a heavy evaluation ... I don't think we've seen his upside yet but there's gonna be a lot of eyes on him in the next six weeks to decide exactly where they want to go long-term with the guy who is costing them a million dollars a game next year."
Jim Harbaugh was hired in January 2011, and he handpicked Kaepernick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
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In fact, the 49ers, who were slated to select 45th overall, traded that pick plus a fourth rounder and a fifth rounder to the Broncos to move up and take Kaepernick with the 36th overall selection.
After backing up Alex Smith as a rookie, Kaepernick took over the starting job once Smith sustained a concussion against the Rams in Week 10 of the 2012 season.
Kaepernick started the next game against the Bears (Smith wasn't cleared to play), and the following game against the Saints (Harbaugh said Kaepernick got the start because Alex Smith wasn't officially cleared until the day before the game).
Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Harbaugh ended the "quarterback controversy" by announcing Kaepernick would be the team's permanent starter moving forward.
Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl that season, and the NFC title game in 2013.
But in 2014, the 49ers' passing offense ranked 30th in the NFL, and the team was 25th in points scored (19.1), 28th in red zone efficiency, and Kaepernick was sacked 52 times -- the second most in the NFL.
Harbaugh is gone, Jim Tomsula is in and the team still needs to find an offensive coordinator.
"It's a big, big decision and it's gonna be under heavy scrutiny," Ryan said. '... Pulling for Colin, hope it all works out for him. I would say right now, probably gonna go in that direction and that he'll continue to be the quarterback for the 49ers. But there's gonna be a lot of film study on Colin Kaepernick I think here in the next couple of months."