The trade market has officially heated up for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
According to Mike Silver of NFL.com, Kaepernick has become the Denver Broncos’ “chief target” after losing Brock Osweiler, but the defending Super Bowl champions will have competition in acquiring the dual threat quarterback.
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports the Broncos, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns are all attempting to complete a trade for Kaepernick.
Compensation for QB Colin Kaepernick has not yet been good enough for 49ers to make deal, source says. Broncos, Jets and Browns involved.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 10, 2016
In Denver, Kaepernick would help replace Peyton Manning (retired) and Osweiler (signed with the Houston Texans). The Jets have an opening at quarterback until there’s a decision made on free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while the Browns still don’t have a long-term option in place alongside veteran Josh McCown.
Kaepernick, 28, threw six touchdowns and five interceptions during a disappointing 2015 season. He was benched for Blaine Gabbert and eventually landed on season-ending injured reserve.
Still, with precious few available quarterback left in the market, Kaepernick and his upside represents one of the most attractive options. A revelation after replacing Alex Smith in San Francisco, he led the 49ers to back-to-back NFC Championship Games and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII.
Over five NFL seasons, Kaepernick has thrown 56 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, while rushing for 1,832 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Broncos have the biggest need at quarterback, with only seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian left on the roster. The Jets and Browns may also be involved on Kaepernick, but general manager John Elway and the Broncos appear to be the most aggressive in wanting to get a deal done.