There’s plenty of Kaepernick smoke, but what’s the truth?

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Two weeks ago, San Francisco’s leverage regarding a possible trade of quarterback Colin Kaepernick was, “Screw it. We’ll just keep him.” Now, up to three teams reportedly are interested in making a deal, giving the 49ers a degree of power that no one thought they’d have.

But what’s real here? The one thing that seems the most clear is that the 49ers are intent on trading Kaepernick. Otherwise, they’d be shouting down (instead of leaking) the reports regarding interested teams.

So who’s really interested? If the price (as leaked by the 49ers) is a second- or third-round pick, would Broncos G.M. John Elway really give up the chance to get a potentially key player at a low salary for four years in order to secure a player at a position that they didn’t value enough to spend the extra money to keep Brock Osweiler?

The Jets reportedly are interested. Their offer of “backup money” to Ryan Fitzpatrick suggests that the Jets have someone else in mind, and it could indeed be Kaepernick. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets believe Kaepernick is heading to Denver — which could be a great strategy for slow-playing the situation in order to smoke out who really is and isn’t interested before trying to land the player.

Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns, which means that (based on various reports) he wants to play for all three of the teams reportedly pursuing him. It could be someone’s way of pushing the Browns, who have watched Mitchell Schwartz, Alex Mack, Travis Benjamin, and Tashaun Gipson leave, to do something to create the impression that they’re willing to do anything.

Regardless, it’s hard to know what’s real and what isn’t until someone makes a move. The only thing that’s real for now is that the 49ers want to trade Kaepernick. The question is where he’ll go, whether he truly wants to be there, and ultimately whether he’ll want more than the $12 million he’s due to earn in 2016.

66 responses to “There’s plenty of Kaepernick smoke, but what’s the truth?

  1. The word is that Denver isn’t expecting to make the trade “anytime soon.” That suggests to me that they’re calling SF’s bluff that they will keep Kaepernick when his huge bonus is due on April 1. Denver will swoop in after that and get him for cheap. I doubt Denver is worried about the Jets (who won’t pony up for Fitzpatrick, much less Kaep) and the Browns (doubtful that Kaep’s circle sincerely wants to be there) getting him first. This is simply a case of San Francisco manufacturing “interest” from all three teams to try to drive up compensation because they know no one is willing to give up much for him and his contract when he’ll be a free agent on April 1.

  2. I love how everyone (including fans here in Cleveland) are screaming about how the Browns “let” four free agents get away. The reports are that they attempted to keep every one of them, including offering more money to Mack than he signed for. If a player doesn’t want to play here, and I don’t blame them for not wanting to at the moment, then they can offer a kings ransom to these players, but there’s no guarantee that they will stay.
    The only think the Browns “let” these FA’s do is exercise their rights to leave.

  3. I’ve been a Kaep fan and have defended him all the way, but if you can’t hold up to your part of the contract, and wanna be a baby about it, then leave. Learn the playbook, get your job back, quit with the fashion crap and go be the starting qb for the Niners like you wanted to when you signed the contract. Our management sucks, no doubt, and they are some of the reason to blame, but you’re a man, so man up and be a pro about it. I hope he stays, but if not then adios!

  4. stealthjunk says:
    Mar 11, 2016 10:27 AM
    The word is that Denver isn’t expecting to make the trade “anytime soon.” That suggests to me that they’re calling SF’s bluff that they will keep Kaepernick when his huge bonus is due on April 1. Denver will swoop in after that and get him for cheap. I doubt Denver is worried about the Jets (who won’t pony up for Fitzpatrick, much less Kaep) and the Browns (doubtful that Kaep’s circle sincerely wants to be there) getting him first. This is simply a case of San Francisco manufacturing “interest” from all three teams to try to drive up compensation because they know no one is willing to give up much for him and his contract when he’ll be a free agent on April 1.
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    You were correct until your last sentences. Kaep contract is only 11 million a year. Brock Osweiler just got paid 18 mil a year. Someone will absolutely take on Kaep’s contract. Also, there’s no way the Niners will just let him go by April 1st. They will try to trade him before then, and if they don’t he’ll stay on the roster until someone tries to trade for him again. No way the Niners just let him walk for nothing.

  5. Kaep to the Browns makes perfect sense. Another crap QB added to the list. The Browns can’t get out of their own way. Bad decision after bad decision.

  6. the truth is that he’s not an NFL qb

    he had a good run leveraging his speed and running ability, but he can’t pass accurately or read defenses

    i’ve never seen a starting qb in the nfl miss so many throws by 10 feet or more

  7. stealthjunk says:
    Mar 11, 2016 10:27 AM
    The word is that Denver isn’t expecting to make the trade “anytime soon.” That suggests to me that they’re calling SF’s bluff that they will keep Kaepernick when his huge bonus is due on April 1. Denver will swoop in after that and get him for cheap. I doubt Denver is worried about the Jets (who won’t pony up for Fitzpatrick, much less Kaep) and the Browns (doubtful that Kaep’s circle sincerely wants to be there) getting him first. This is simply a case of San Francisco manufacturing “interest” from all three teams to try to drive up compensation because they know no one is willing to give up much for him and his contract when he’ll be a free agent on April 1.
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    You were correct until your last sentences. Kaep contract is only 11 million a year. Brock Osweiler just got paid 18 mil a year. Someone will absolutely take on Kaep’s contract. Also, there’s no way the Niners will just let him go by April 1st. They will try to trade him before then, and if they don’t he’ll stay on the roster until someone tries to trade for him again. No way the Niners just let him walk for nothing.
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    It’s 11 mil THIS year I should say. Kaep will no doubt restructure his deal if he is to get traded.

  8. Some team will be foolish enough to give Kap a sweet deal. He’s proved over the last few years that the SB was an aberration. We’ve all seen the reports that he doesn’t watch enough film and doesn’t do the things needed to improve.

    Things often look good for 1 year until everyone adjusts. The Wildcat, Chip Kelly, and RG3, for example.

    Tebow sucks, but at least he wanted to improve and made the effort.

  9. Santa Clara has an April 1st date where Kaeps salary becomes guaranteed to about $11-$12 Million? I like the move by Denver saying they contacted Fitzpatrick. Santa Clara will have to lower their asking price as April 1st gets closer unless they want to repeat this disaster again next year.

  10. Broncos don’t need a top 5 qb to compete at the moment. But would be nice to have one that could develop into top 5 in future as this defense is not forever. That being said, I’m not sure there is a potential top 5 FA. There is in the draft but we have zero chance of getting Goff or Wentz…… Interesting place to be in, but that’s life in NFL. Brock is NOT a team leader no matter what he said yesterday. He got butt hurt and ran off like a baby. Instead he should have taken control on the sidelines when it started to unravel against Chargers. Instead he came out in 2nd half and the team was flat and CJ fumbled and that was that. It was his chance to show moxie etc. and he let it go.

  11. Regardless who gets Kaep, the Browns will be drafting a QB early, and most likely the Broncos as well. He will have to show his 2013 version to keep a starting job.

  12. 49ers should just keep him. His cap hit of 12 million is nothing when the other Qb’s 2 million.

    They have a ton of cap space also.

    See if Chip can resurrect his career and bring the 6th ring home.

  13. Kaep isn’t the same quarterback he was when he played in the Superbowl…teams now realize if you take his primary receiver away, he falls apart. They talk about improving his mechanics (Kurt Warner) but once in the game, nothing changes…Whoever pays for him will soon regret it.

  14. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns

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    He is lying, who in his right mind would like to play for the Browns?

  15. Kaepernick is a great young QB who thrived on a team that had perhaps the greatest coach of all times, and a strong defense. That team imploded and Kaepernick wants to get the heck out of town. He’s probably looking to join an organization that is 180 degrees from the 49ers. So he probably is looking for a stable organization with competent ownership and management. You can’t just take an eraser and pretend the past never happened. This kid is good enough to lead a team to the super bowl and back to back NFC Championship games. And he did that at a very, very young age. He hasn’t even come close to reaching his prime. Not even close. This reminds me of Kurt Warner’s career. He won a super bowl, then everyone gave up on him. He re-surfaced in Arizona and led them to a super bowl.

  16. He reportedly “wants to play for team-x” because he knows he sucks and he’ll shortly be out of a job altogether. That’s the truth of the situation regardless of how much lipstick you put on this pig.

  17. What difference does it make where he wants to go? He is under contract, if SF finds a sucker…er… trade partner he will go where they trade him to. He will be fortunate to follow that contract, project guys don’t normally get paid that much. Wouldn’t be surprised to find the rumors lead back to his camp

  18. San Fran has to be excited for the possibilities of Kap in Kelly’s offense. If Kelly can get through to him and make him effective again, watch out. But at the same time, if they get a good offer its probably best to move on with Kap’s camp not wanting to be there anymore.

  19. “in order to secure a player at a position that they didn’t value enough to spend the extra money to keep Brock Osweiler?”
    ___________

    Except it is far from a given that Osweiler is worth $18 million based on 7 career starts. He had moments where he showed some real potential but is 10 TDs vs. 6 interceptions with 4 fumbles thrown in something you’d want your team banking on?

    His breakout moment was beating Brady but even that game in hindsight doesn’t exactly blow you away: 55% passing with 1 TD and 1 INT.

  20. The most Browns thing the Browns could do is invest heavily in Kaepernick and then not put a team around him. They’ve lost 40% of their starting offensive line, and they are looking at picking up a quarterback that is a mobile version of Brandon Weeden. He lacks accuracy, he has trouble moving through his progression, he locks onto his primary receiver, and he has no touch on his throws. Let’s not forget that last season the 49ers decided Blaine Gabbert was a better choice. Blaine Gabbert. Let that sink in.

  21. Please, Niner fans, quit calling him “Kaep” – it’s “Kap”, per the man himself. Look it up. “Kaep” looks (and is) silly.

    It’s clear he’s headed out of town, all of this chatter is just posturing by both sides. His suitors want to give up as little as possible, he and his agent want him to land in a favorable spot to try to resurrect his career. Personally, I think he’s done – but I hope he turns it around and becomes MVP, and shows up the Niner organization for the buffoons they are.

  22. You state the 49ers are leaking the info on who is interested in Kaepernick as if it is fact. I think you should at least say you spoke to someone in the organization that identified the teams or edit your article so as not to portray something as fact when you have no way to know who is actually leaking the information.

  23. The player the Niners SHOULD and need to get is right up the freeway in Berkeley. The Niners inexplicably didn’t draft Rodgers. Don’t make the same mistake and miss out on Goff.

  24. but what’s the truth?

    1) rocket arm, great mobility
    2) play breaks down when first read isn’t available
    3) lost the locker room
    4) has no record of success without historically great defense, all-pro stacked offensive line, hall of fame running back, Harbaugh-led coaching staff
    5) can’t locate an uncovered receiver waving his hands pre-snap

  25. Goff is an over-rated lightweight. His pro career will be equal to other over-hyped lightweights like Kyle Boller, Rex Grossman, JP Losman, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Brandon Weeden…

  26. “yorkmustgo says:
    Mar 11, 2016 11:38 AM

    You state the 49ers are leaking the info on who is interested in Kaepernick as if it is fact. I think you should at least say you spoke to someone in the organization that identified the teams or edit your article so as not to portray something as fact when you have no way to know who is actually leaking the information.”

    You’re saying this to a reporter. I’m thinking he just might know who is leaking information, given that his job involves a lot of talking to people who leak information.

  27. You claim the 49ers are leaking this out but yet Adam Sheftner and the other NFL Networks are reporting there sources are from the Broncos and Browns LOL

  28. whispersd says:
    Mar 11, 2016 12:05 PM

    “You’re saying this to a reporter. I’m thinking he just might know who is leaking information, given that his job involves a lot of talking to people who leak information.”

    Apparently, you have absolutely no idea how this site works. It’s built on conjecture and rumor and not using basic journalistic standards or ethics.

  29. All you Browns, Jets and Broncos fans who trolled previous articles regarding Kap and the Niners are now getting slapped in the face with a fat dish of karma when it comes to the possibility of trading for him!! I love it!!!

  30. “Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns…”

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    Thanks for the laugh!

  31. Cleveland’s a smoke screen. No one wants to go there.

    Kaep to Denver makes the most sense. And it will make Chiefs/Broncos games VERY interesting…

  32. dilbio50 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 10:34 AM

    Bradford’s going to Denver for their 2nd round pick.

    Kaepernick to Browns and Fitzpatrick is retained in NY.

    Book it.
    —————————–

    Didn’t the Donkeys just win the Super Bowl?

    I thought John Elway had the favor of Zeus himself, and was able to get any player to come play for him?

    Why then are they associated with all of these has been and never have been quarterbacks?

  33. “Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns”

    Thank you, thank you very much! I’m here all week! Try the veal!
    – Schefter

  34. Man arguing with niner fans all those times about who was better, kaep or Russell Wilson, sure does seem like wasted time now.

    Almost as much of a waste as arguing with redskins fans about rg3 vs RW.

    Only people left to argue with are the Luck fans…and that isn’t really close either. OH YES I SAID IT!

    Luck is going to have to have an amazing couple years to deserve consideration vs RW cause RW has him plainly beat at this point. Especially after last god-awful year for andrew.

    Meanwhile Seattle RB 1 and 2 go down for the year so RW puts the team on his back and carries them to the playoffs.

    I can almost see why you all hate the seahawks. Drafting Russell in the 3rd round was ridiculously lucky, especially considering how bare the cupboards are for good qbs these days.

    As for kaepernick…HAVE FUN IN CLEVELAND. Sherman doesn’t even care about you anymore. Totally irrelevant.

  35. The Niners do not need to make it look like they are in a position of power because this time they actually ARE in the position of power. They can easily afford Kap’s contract and would probably like to see how he looks in Kelly’s offense. If some one gives them a great offer, they take it. There is no rush on their end.

  36. Doesn’t matter who get Kaperbum because who ever does, their team will immediately be worse.

    The kid can’t read defenses; doesn’t understand “touch” on his passes. He’s just an awful QB.

  37. The Browns??? Were QB’s go to die…Kap needs a place to get his career back with coaching and talent…..

  38. Kap will be a Brown when this is all said and done. For one reason that applies to both teams. Because the trade is a bad move for the 49ers and a bad move for the Browns. And both these teams love bad moves.

  39. Kap is THE best QB left. I’d keep him in SF
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    Which really highlights the sad state of affairs for teams still looking for a qb.

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