ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers will not release quarterback Colin Kaepernick despite his $11.9 million salary becoming guaranteed tomorrow.
April 1 deadline, when Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed, is moot. 49ers are not releasing him before then.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2016
This means that if Kaepernick does wind up playing on a different team in 2016, he will have gotten there via a trade. Moreover, this decision is indicative of just how committed new 49ers coach Chip Kelly is to utilizing the former second-round pick’s dual-threat skills.
But a lot of that depends on Kaepernick, who has made it not so subtly-clear that he would prefer to play for another team. The Denver Broncos have shown interest in him, but don’t want to give up more than a fourth-round pick. Kaepernick was interested in joining the Cleveland Browns at one point, but did not want to restructure his contract.
Long story short, San Francisco is seriously rolling the dice considering the above factors, not to mention that Kaepernick has undergone three surgeries since November. Hopefully, he is able to revive his career under Kelly so that he doesn’t become an absolute financial liability.
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