Despite truly scintillating potential under new head coach Chip Kelly, Colin Kaepernick apparently wants out of San Francisco. Yes, Kaepernick, 28, has reportedly requested a trade from the 49ers and is looking for a fresh start.
But the question must be asked: Even if Kaepernick wants a trade, do the 49ers want to trade him?
“The reality is we don’t have absolute crystal-clear clarity at this point, but speaking to a number of sources throughout the day (Friday), I do get the sense that at some point Colin Kaepernick’s wish that he gets an opportunity to discuss a trade with other teams will be granted,” NFL Network reporter Rand Getlin told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “The sense (is that) both sides (feel) it (would) be good for everyone to kind of get a fresh start. For Colin Kaepernick, that could be a tremendously positive thing.”
Kaepernick, who once led the 49ers to a Super Bowl, managed just seven touchdowns (six pass, one rush) in nine games last season and was ultimately benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.
I get that people say, ‘Well, (Kaepernick) could have done a lot of great things under Chip Kelly’ – and I absolutely agree with that notion,” Getlin said. “I’ve watched Chip Kelly do some pretty incredible things with multi-tool quarterbacks, but at the same time, if you’ve been following the situation at all, there’s clearly been some discomfort between the two sides, with the team and Kaepernick. Kaepernick (is) rehabbing out there in Colorado as opposed to rehabbing with the team. Sometimes you get a little bit too far down the road for those things to be remedied, and it’s just best for all parties to get a clean break and give everyone a chance to achieve maximum success.”
If the Niners do part ways with Kaepernick, they’ll be left with Gabbert at quarterback – which can’t make San Fran fans too happy.
“Look, one of the things you learn this time of year is there’s that which you do know and that which you don’t know,” Getlin said. “What we do know for sure is there’s a very limited pool of free-agent quarterbacks out there. However, I reported (Thursday) on the NFL Network that the Brock Osweiler and the Denver Broncos had yet to have any substantive contract negotiations. Well, if Brock Osweiler does end up making it to market, he’s a very intriguing quarterback. Adam Gase was certainly very high on him. Adam Gase is now a head coach down there in Miami with the Dolphins. Adam Gase is also one of the most brilliant offensive minds that we’ve seen in the last few years. It just makes you scratch your head if (Osweiler) hits the market. You got to think there’s going to be a lot of teams looking to bring him in.”
One thing that Getlin knows for sure: The market for Kaepernick would be 49er-friendly.
“Oh, I can tell you that there’s a tremendous amount of interest in Colin Kaepernick,” Getlin said. “He’s got a skill set that you just can’t teach. Certainly you can point out negatives, but Colin Kaepernick’s upside is tremendous. NFL decision-makers absolutely understand that. And I can tell you this: Without getting too specific, there have been a number of teams already that reached out, that were very, very interested. Certainly I think there’s going to be a robust market for Kaepernick’s services.”