SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Report: Broncos, Jets, Browns attempting to trade for Colin Kaepernick

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.

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.

Zach Kruse

About Zach Kruse

Zach is the associate editor at The Sports Daily. He also covers the NFL for Bleacher Report and CheeseheadTV.

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