SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh said it was a "great life-changing moment" for quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers when he signed a six-year extension through 2020 on Wednesday.

"I'm equally as excited about it," Harbaugh said Friday. "Colin is a great football player and a great teammate."

The deal is worth a guaranteed $61 million with a potential value of $126 million. But, as reported by ProFootballTalk.com, the deal provides limited risk to the 49ers with only roughly $13 million guaranteed at signing. Kaepernick's annual base salary doesn't become guaranteed until April 1 of each year, according to the report.

That team-friendly deal, which Kaepernick hinted about when he spoke after signing the contract, should allow the 49ers to keep talented players around him.

Harbaugh said he's just happy that his franchise quarterback won't have to deal with a swirl of contract-related questions throughout the season.

"Going through a season not having to think about contracts or questions about longevity or maybe pressure on him to put up certain statistics or numbers, now he's in a position where he knows and our teams knows and Colin can grow as a player," Harbaugh said. "I'm most excited about that."

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