Opening Day deadline, huh?
According to Richard Durrett, deadlines were made to be broken, as the Texas Rangers and Ian Kinsler have reportedly agreed to a five year, $75 million extension. So, Kinsler's self-imposed "no negotiating after Opening Day," line seems to have been misdirection.
Financially, this looks pretty awesome. There is always the chance of dramatic decline in any contract, so let's accept that and move on.
Unlike previous deals, this does not exercise his $10 million 2013 option, but rather kicks in next year, putting him as a Ranger through at least 2017, his age 35 season. "At least," because there is also a club option for 2018, making it very doable for Kinsler to retire a Texas Ranger.
He may never make the Hall of Fame, but he is one of the greatest players in franchise history. He is already the franchise's greatest second baseman, and he is insanely fun to watch to watch. He has done all this during the golden age of the franchise, and will now be around as that golden age continues.
He needs to be a Texas Ranger, and now it looks like he will always be a Texas Ranger.