49ers GM says he expects Kaepernick to be on team in 2016
Feb 27 2016
On the eve of what figures to be an interesting battle between the University of California's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz for top billing among quarterbacks come National Football League draft day, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke dropped a bit of a bombshell Wednesday, indicating his team might have less interest in the position than most people think.
The reasoning behind this situation is unclear. Bleacher ReportNFL reporter Jason Cole posted a video in which he talked about the 49ers debating the issue of trading Kaepernick. Truthfully this is something that may have been building for the past couple months. His future in San Francisco seemed uncertain, but with the hiring of Chip Kelly as coach, Kaepernick's style would seem a good fit. With two years' worth of organizational change and a benching behind him, Kaepernick seemed all but done with the 40ers.
Unfortunately the list of teams that can make a trade happen is not that extensive.
Colin Kaepernick reportedly has asked to be traded out of San Francisco, but where might he be flexing his biceps if he is dealt?
Kelly, who had been publicly non-committal about Kaepernick after being hired in January, also suspiciously and suddenly warmed to the quarterback this week. In fact, examining the field of possible interested teams, only one sticks out as a viable option.
Kaepernick, 28, is in the third year of a seven-year, $126.9 million contract. Kaepernick's agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, met with team officials in Indianapolis Thursday afternoon.
The 49ers have a new offense, with coach Chip Kelly in charge.
"Kap's really good", he said at one point Thursday. He'd be starting completely over with a new team.
If Kaepernick does leave, however, the 49ers would be wise to hand the keys to the organization over to the former Jaguars bust in Blaine Gabbert.
Kaepernick should seize the opportunity to ace Year 1 with Kelly.
Baalke isn't really saying that the 49ers have decided 100% that they're bringing Kaepernick back and happy to guarantee his $11.9M salary once he remains on the roster on April 1.
Baalke has nothing good to say about Kaepernick. The last thing we ever would want is to make a player stay against his will. We appreciate everything Colin has done for this franchise and wish him nothing but the best.
Kaepernick has struggled during the past two seasons, including being benched at midseason by then-coach Jim Tomsula in 2015. Peyton Manning has likely played his last game for the defending champion Denver Broncos, and there's no guarantee that free-agent-to-be Brock Osweiler will return. That playoff ride included a masterful performance where Kaepernick ran for 181-yards against the Green Bay Packers.