The San Francisco 49ers plan to retain quarterback Colin Kaepernick unless they are ‘blown away’ by an offer, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
The soap opera thus continues to play out regarding where Kaepernick will play in 2016. The Denver Broncos were thought to be the front-runner to land the former second-round pick, but balked at the idea of giving up more than a fourth-round pick for him. The Cleveland Browns were also in the mix and Kaepernick’s interest was mutual, but he then balked at the idea of having to restructure his contract.
The New York Jets also showed interest, but it really just seemed like a negotiating ruse in their efforts to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick.
But GM Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly appear intent on keeping the dual-threat quarterback, a man who could potentially revive his career in Kelly’s system.
Just the same, the 49ers are playing with fire regarding Colin Kaepernick for a couple of reasons. Not only is he lukewarm on the prospect of staying in San Francisco, but his $11.9 million salary for 2016 becomes fully guaranteed on April 1. Given how Kaepernick has undergone three surgeries since November, one can see the risk.
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