Second-string San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled as the national anthem played during his team’s opening game Monday night, will make more money this year than the total annual salary of 410 enlistees in the United States Marine Corps with the rank of corporal.
Kaepernick’s guaranteed salary for the 2016 season is $11.9 million, according to Spotrac, a website dedicated to professional athletes’ contracts.
By way of comparison, a typical corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps earns $28,994 per year, according to Glassdoor, a website specializing in salaries.
Thus, regardless of how much he plays or rides the bench this season, Kaepernick will bring home more money than the combined salaries of 410 Marine corporals.
The rank or corporal is the second-most common rank in the Marines, according to the official website of the United States Marine Corps.
As of 2010, there were 37,336 enlisted Marines with the rank of corporal.
The most common rank in the Marines is lance corporal. As of 2010, there were 49,790 lance corporals in the military branch.
Lance corporals earn a typical salary of $23,801 per year, according to Glassdoor.
Thus, Kaepernick’s guaranteed 2016 salary is more than the combined salaries of 499 lance corporals.
Marine Corps corporals can earn relatively substantial re-enlistment bonuses depending on the jobs they do. For example, certain intelligence specialists and snipers can earn re-enlistment bonuses of $20,000, according to the Marine Corps Times.
Kaepernick’s pro-rated signing bonus for 2016 is $2,465,753, according to Spotrac.
The backup quarterback is also receiving a $1,125,000 roster bonus and a $400,000 workout bonus in 2016.
Kaepernick has explained that he has decided to protest the national anthem because he believes police brutality — particularly against minorities — is a national problem of epidemic proportions.
The 49ers won last night’s game against the newly-relocated Los Angeles Rams by a score of 28-0.
The beatdown was so brutal that the 49ers inserted Kaepernick and rested starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the end of the game.
Kaepernick entered the game at the tail end of the fourth quarter. He handed the ball off three times to third-string running back Mike Davis. Then, the 49ers punted.