Amid at least one report that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will void his contract for 2017, Kaepernick says that the notion that he knows what he will do next season isn’t true.
“I haven’t made any decisions on that,” Kaepernick told reporters on Tuesday. “Those decisions will come after the season.”
Even so, it makes sense for Kaepernick to elect to void 2017 — especially since he has no guaranteed money in 2017. Exercising his right to void the contract will give the 49ers a limited window of exclusive negotiating rights, followed by an opportunity to hit the open market.
As explained on Sunday, the 49ers won’t know whether they want Kaepernick until they know who will be making the decisions about the roster. If G.M. Trent Baalke stays, will he want Kaepernick? If Baalke goes, will the new G.M. want Kaepernick?
Will coach Chip Kelly want Kaepernick? Will a new coach want him, if Kelly goes?
There are too many variables at this point to know what will happen with Kaepernick in 2017. From a business standpoint, however, it makes no sense for him to not void his contract.
Speaking of business, his national anthem protest will be a factor in his future, too. Right or wrong, teams will consider his stance regarding kneeling for the anthem when deciding whether to add him to the team.
Another factor will be his performance down the stretch, especially after a lackluster showing in Chicago on Sunday. He’ll be starting against the Jets in Week 14; if he rebounds and continues to play well over the balance of the season, he will draw more interest.