The San Francisco 49ers continue their posturing on the future of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, unless a powerful trade offer comes San Francisco’s way, the 49ers are expected to keep Kaepernick on the roster for 2016.
They will keep him… Unless they are blown away, of course https://t.co/OLf5XKNnpv
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2016
Rapoport included that the 49ers would be willing to guarantee his 2016 salary “right now” if Kaepernick dropped his trade request. His salary becomes fully guaranteed on Friday.
Assuming Rapoport’s report is accurate, the hesitation for Kaepernick staying in San Francisco next season appears to be coming from the quarterback’s side.
Benched for Blaine Gabbert and eventually placed on injured reserve, Kaepernick suffered through a disastrous 2015 season in which he threw six touchdowns and five interceptions for the 5-11 49ers. San Francisco fired head coach Jim Tomsula after the season and later hired Chip Kelly, but there may still be bad blood between Kaepernick and 49ers management.
The trade market for Kaepernick has dwindled some since original reports of an imminent trade, with Robert Griffin III signing in Cleveland last week. The Denver Broncos and New York Jets still make sense, although the Jets are still working on getting Ryan Fitzpatrick signed. It might now take a huge offer from a team like Denver to pry Kaepernick away from San Francisco.
Peter King of MMQB wrote on Monday that he thinks it “is likely” Kaepernick is on the 49ers roster in 2016.
All signs continue to point to Kaepernick staying put, with only the Broncos looking capable of blowing San Francisco away with a trade offer.