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Report: Kaepernick cooling on Cleveland

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Maybe 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick eventually will tell his current team that he wants to stick around, after all.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recently took a comprehensive look at the various moving parts on a possible Kaepernick trade, and Barrows reports that Kaepernick has become less willing to cut his pay in order to secure a ticket to Cleveland.

“Kaepernick is willing to restructure his contract and take less money to get out of San Francisco,” Barrows writes. “But after getting sacked 80 times in the last 1-1/2 seasons and having three surgeries since December, he’s wary of taking a lower-money deal on a bad team that is losing talent and that may also use its first-round pick, No. 2 overall, on a quarterback.”

Kaepernick should be wary. His trumped-up contract that was sold as a rim-rocking deal two years ago has melted into a middle-of-the-pack-or-worse arrangement, with a base salary of $11.9 million this year, $14.5 million in 2017, and $15 million in 2018. Another $2 million each year is tied to per-game roster bonuses, an amount that is hardly a layup given the extent to which Kaepernick, who turns 29 this year, is racking up wear and tear.

So with 19 quarterbacks already doing better than Kaepernick and more ready to leapfrog him every year, why should he take less than what he’s currently due to make? If he’s going to take less, he should do it on the open market, with a team that doesn’t have to give up a draft pick to get him.

Kaepernick proudly did a team-friendly deal two years ago to give the 49ers the ability to use other dollars in order to get better. The 49ers have gotten worse, and Kaepernick should be slow to trust any team that tries to get him to take even less with a promise that the savings will be immediately re-invested in helping his next team be as competitive as the 49ers in 2012 and 2013, which feels like it was a lot longer ago as to Kaepernick than it actually was.

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63 Responses to “Report: Kaepernick cooling on Cleveland”
  1. mymanmccoy says: Mar 13, 2016 1:04 PM

    So you’re saying the Browns were right to offer him less money?

  2. clownsfan says: Mar 13, 2016 1:04 PM

    Best news I’ve heard all week

  3. meximyke says: Mar 13, 2016 1:07 PM

    SF were idiots to sign Krap to a deal, period! Who is running these teams, don’t they watch the games? To even be considering this guy for anything but maybe minimum wage, is a joke!

  4. captainwhodat says: Mar 13, 2016 1:07 PM

    if CK is reluctant to join your trainwreck of a team, I hate to say it Browns fans: your team really sucks…

  5. drcap says: Mar 13, 2016 1:12 PM

    The dude has skills. He has a higher upside than Fitzpatrick, or Hoyer, or Nick Foles, or any number of journeymen QBs in the league.

    So, the key for any club is to figure out how to get the most from those skills — how to surround him with the right teammates and coaches. Because if a team can crack that code, Kaepernick can be an elite QB. And the value of an elite QB is so high that it is worth making the effort to crack that code.

    Unfortunately for Niner fans, it seems that the ship has sailed.

  6. jag1959 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:14 PM

    “His trumped-up contract that was sold as a rim-rocking deal two years ago has melted into a middle-of-the-pack-or-worse arrangement…”

    In a related development Kaepernick also fits into the ‘or worse category’

  7. intrafinesse says: Mar 13, 2016 1:17 PM

    If you are a great QB, you have the leverage.

    If you are a bad QB, the teams have the leverage.

    Either look for top $$$ and risk injury.

    Or take less and try and resurect your career with a good team.
    Considering that Kaepernick has already many tens of millions, he should take option #2.

  8. fedora59 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:21 PM

    How bad do things have to be where you are at to publicly state your desire to go to Cleveland?
    This is kind of like dumping Rosie O’Donnell so you can go out with Rosanne Barr.

  9. oregonraider says: Mar 13, 2016 1:23 PM

    With the second pick in the 2016 draft, the Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel, Drunkinbum, Texas.

  10. spiffybiff says: Mar 13, 2016 1:23 PM

    Holding out for Denver obviously. At one point he was overrated, at this point he is far underrated. I haven’t seen such the dumpster fire that was the 49ers in some time

  11. steelerfan63 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:24 PM

    He must have visited the City.

  12. Big Ant TV says: Mar 13, 2016 1:25 PM

    i cant speak for other browns fans but im say this
    I DIDNT WANT MANZIEL AT ALL!!!
    I CERTAIN DONT WANT KAEP “its not my call but sheesh just draft wentz get new younger cheaper/better O-Line in the draft guys that are hungry and want too prove themselves and lets be 6-10 as usual

  13. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Carlos Hyde says: Mar 13, 2016 1:26 PM

    The Niners won’t just flat out cut Kaep this year. They know someone will eventually give up a 2nd-3rd round pick for him. He’s not making a huge amount of money. At $11.9 million this year it’s worth it to sit on him and wait for the right deal. And who knows maybe we’ll see him play under Chip Kelly. No reason to rush anything, the Niners are in no hurry right now.

  14. kissmysandwich says: Mar 13, 2016 1:28 PM

    Whatever ends of happening, Kaep should be sending half his money to Harbaugh. No one would even know this dude’s name without Harbaugh. Doesn’t matter where they ship him off too. He’s not going to succeed because he’s just not very good.

  15. joenash72 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:31 PM

    The Factory of Sadness😉

  16. metrocritical says: Mar 13, 2016 1:31 PM

    While ownership and fans need to rekindle hope for their franchise every new season, prospective players need to go on something more than blind hope. It would make little sense for Kaepernick to take less money for the opportunity to play for an organization that is arguably more dysfunctional than the one that currently pays his salary.

  17. scoocha says: Mar 13, 2016 1:34 PM

    How is Kaepy underrated? He has talent for other positions but he is a terrible QB. There is a reason he was overlooked coming out of college.

  18. coachwolf49 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:35 PM

    The idiot section has been open. Kap has four playoff wins, threw for over 300 yds in a great Super Bowl comeback stopped only by Harbaugh’s panicky time out call. He has over 10,000 career passing yards, 56 TDs and 26 Ints, with an 88.8 passer rating. Jon Gruden’s opinion of him is far different than the brain-dead bozos posting above. Get a life guys and learn not to hate.

  19. shlort says: Mar 13, 2016 1:36 PM

    No team will pay Kaepernick top tier money, and if some team has an episode of mental distress and does pay him, they sill regret it. Kaepernick can’t throw a football, period. Knowing that, what use is he to a team?

  20. professorpigskin10 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:36 PM

    From playing in the Super Bowl to possibly being traded to the Browns… how the mighty have fallen…

  21. jclark6528 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:38 PM

    if CK is reluctant to join your trainwreck of a team, I hate to say it Browns fans: your team really sucks…
    ————
    A Browns team that has their most convincing win last year against San Francisco……

  22. Ferdinand says: Mar 13, 2016 1:38 PM

    In other words, he found out even teams as desperate as the Browns aren’t going to throw $20M a year at him.

  23. cakesw says: Mar 13, 2016 1:39 PM

    I think all QB’s use this simple flowchart for potential NFL destinations :

    1) Has the lake ever caught fire ?

    YES – Don’t go

    No – Go

  24. 6thsense10 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:45 PM

    intrafinesse says:
    Mar 13, 2016 1:17 PM
    If you are a great QB, you have the leverage.

    If you are a bad QB, the teams have the leverage.

    Either look for top $$$ and risk injury.

    Or take less and try and resurect your career with a good team.
    Considering that Kaepernick has already many tens of millions, he should take option #2.
    ——–
    First off Kaep has not made 10s of millions of dollars I’m not sure where you got that from. He just got off a 2nd round rookie deal and signed one of the worse negotiated contract since Master P negotiated Ricky Williams’ contract.

    Secondly who do the Browns think they are? Nobody takes a paycut to play for Cleveland. Teams that get that kind of discount earn it by winning.

    Good or bad QB in this situation Kaep has the leverage. He will get his money this year no matter who he plays for because he is already signed. So exactly what leverage do the Browns or any team have over him?

  25. GrantRodgers says: Mar 13, 2016 1:45 PM

    Looks like the Niners played this one beautifully. The problem is that the best case scenario for them is keeping a $14M QB that doesn’t want to play for them.

  26. nenlain says: Mar 13, 2016 1:53 PM

    Don’t blame him, not one bit.

  27. rcali says: Mar 13, 2016 1:54 PM

    Only two reasons to go to the Browns, they are forced to overpay you or you get a chance to revive your career when no other team will give you that chance. The money appears to be off the table so now it’s a matter of him deciding if this is the best place to start at QB. They’ve already lost two OL, so you got that going for you.

  28. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Mar 13, 2016 1:57 PM

    steelerfan63 says:
    Mar 13, 2016 1:24 PM
    He must have visited the City.

    ———–

    Yeah, because Pittsburgh is a tropical paradise.

  29. klutch14u says: Mar 13, 2016 2:01 PM

    Watch this. Cleveland and Denver have a long trade history. Cleveland is going to trade for him, renegotiate his contract and then trade him to Denver. Then they’ll squander whatever picks they suck out of Denver.

  30. jmethane says: Mar 13, 2016 2:07 PM

    At $11.9 million this year it’s worth it to sit on him and wait for the right deal.

    ——–

    Wait…what? No.

    12mil for your possible backup? That’s two or three really good players. Terrible idea you need that money for depth.

    Paying Matt Flynn 8mil as a backup only worked for the Seahawks because Russell Wilson was a rookie making less than 1 mil as a starter…and that was “only” 8 million not 12.

  31. tebowedoutofthepostseasonandnevertooreturn says: Mar 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    Hey BigBensBathroomBuddy Now that’s funny! I get it. Ha Ha I’m such a moron!

  32. zinnsand21 says: Mar 13, 2016 2:18 PM

    You cannot take a cut and go to Cleveland which at this point is a 70/30 chance of career death. That said, the Niners have been offered by Denver their 95th pick with agreed on salary restructure. All parties should agree to that…

  33. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 13, 2016 2:24 PM

    Kaepernick is a not a pro QB.

  34. logicaldawg says: Mar 13, 2016 2:26 PM

    Looks like we dodged a bullet there. Just draft one of the 2 QBs at #2 and let him play behind McCown until he is ready, and we have the right half of an OL and some WRs again.

  35. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 13, 2016 2:31 PM

    Memo to all QB’s in the 2016 draft: If the Browns draft you, threaten to sit out and re-enter next year’s draft.

    Memo to free-agent QB’s…There are better options out there…31 of them in fact

    Yours Truly,

    John Elway and Eli Manning

  36. wawa33 says: Mar 13, 2016 2:32 PM

    John “Horsface” Elway on line 1 for you, Colin….

  37. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 13, 2016 2:33 PM

    “…he’s wary of taking a lower-money deal on a bad team that is losing talent and that may also use its first-round pick, No. 2 overall, on a quarterback.”

    There is also the fact that it’s the Browns, where no FA wants to go unless they’re getting a RAISE, not a paycut.

  38. JSpicoli says: Mar 13, 2016 2:33 PM

    I LOLOLOLOL at you people who need to drop the console NFL outlook and realize

    HE IS NOT CALLING THE SHOTS. THESE ARE LEAKS. NO ONE WANTS HIM AND THE 49ER S ARE TRYING TO SAVE THEIR BUTTS AND CREATE A MARKET.

    He will be cut before 4/1, and everyone, including those that would like to sign him to a vet min contract, are aware of that.

  39. JSpicoli says: Mar 13, 2016 2:35 PM

    The idiot section has been open. Kap has four playoff wins, threw for over 300 yds in a great Super Bowl comeback stopped only by Harbaugh’s panicky time out call. He has over 10,000 career passing yards, 56 TDs and 26 Ints, with an 88.8 passer rating. Jon Gruden’s opinion of him is far different than the brain-dead bozos posting above. Get a life guys and learn not to hate.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Capt Idiot–

    #1 Oline and #1 D. Howszit since then there bucko?

  40. tebowedoutofthepostseasonandnevertooreturn says: Mar 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    Cleveland is already missing Manziel. Four bars have closed and one chain filed Bankruptcy this past week.

  41. csszrr says: Mar 13, 2016 2:53 PM

    this is no longer funny.

    also, the lake never caught fire, the river did. get your data correct before attempting an insult.

  42. dirtydrew says: Mar 13, 2016 2:54 PM

    Might as well stay with the 49ers. This guy is a genius.

  43. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 13, 2016 3:03 PM

    Report: Kaepernick cooling on Cleveland
    _____________________
    Everyone knows what he’s really cooling on is less money. Like the farm boy said when he saw his first topleess showgirl in Las Vegas … “What a bust”.

  44. dawgman66 says: Mar 13, 2016 3:03 PM

    Ok I’m taking this as the Browns didn’t think you were worth that contract (.The Browns for God sake).So now you have to retaliate for the embarrassment they just put you thru by talking about them losing players,But it’s too late now you lost all leverage you had because of the BROWNS won’t sign you for that much who in their right mind will?I think the Niners should ask him to take a pay cut now and if he refuses cut him.

  45. zinnsand21 says: Mar 13, 2016 3:14 PM

    The Browns reportedly are offering Kap $8 million a year. They are delusional. The league is already paying Osweiler off a 5 game resume and Kirk Cousins $18 million US a year… Kaep has won an NFC Championship game and two red zone pass completions away from a Super Bowl and another NFC Championship game. The new Cleveland GM, DePodesta is trying to bring “Billy Ball” metrics into the NFL which is a joke..

  46. dinozzo27 says: Mar 13, 2016 3:27 PM

    probably thought the football team was called the Cavaliers

  47. pemory says: Mar 13, 2016 3:48 PM

    Terrible QB who should never have been handed the starting job. This guy simply cannot go through his progressions and hit receivers in motion. He was only close to winning it all thanks to the system that was in place before the Niners chased Harbaugh out of town. Now he cannot make good career decisions either (I want to play for Cleveland, I don’t want to play for Cleveland). Let’s move on from this soap opera already.

  48. steves11 says: Mar 13, 2016 3:56 PM

    I can’t imagine why anyone would willingly take a pay cut to go play for the Browns. THAT has to be the definition of insanity.

  49. wallabear says: Mar 13, 2016 4:13 PM

    God doesn’t just hate the Cavaliers… but the Browns, too! Just an abyss of mediocrity: LeKing or no LeKing. Who’s the next Russell Wilson in this upcoming draft? Find him quickly, Mr. Haslam.

  50. 94niners says: Mar 13, 2016 4:16 PM

    Given that the 49ers haven’t spent a dime in free agency for all practical purposes, having a 12 million dollar backup QB isn’t that big of a problem.

  51. fanme57 says: Mar 13, 2016 4:33 PM

    “The Niners won’t just flat out cut Kaep this year. They know someone will eventually give up a 2nd-3rd round pick for him. He’s not making a huge amount of money. At $11.9 million this year it’s worth it to sit on him and wait for the right deal. And who knows maybe we’ll see him play under Chip Kelly. No reason to rush anything, the Niners are in no hurry right now.”

    Kaepernick’s $11.9 million dollar contract for 2016 fully guarantees on April 1st (yes, the joke is on you)

    Unless you’re willing to spend another $11,900,000.00 on this loser, ………….. I’d be in a hurry.

  52. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2016 4:41 PM

    The last paragraph in Florio’s blog says it all…and they just waved bye bye to Boone. Another player the 49ers could have resigned because of Kap’s Cap friendly deal.

  53. jsmith563 says: Mar 13, 2016 4:49 PM

    Blaine gabbert, for god’s sake. need I say more?

  54. kvt7280 says: Mar 13, 2016 5:17 PM

    As a 49er faithful, I would love to see what Chip Kelly can do with him but he’s a dumbass because he thought a team would pay up a high draft choice and pay his full salary at the same time. Browns are doing the smart thing by asking for the paycut, but they are stupid to give up a high 3rd pick for him. I think Kaepernick should apologize to the fans and the 49ers for making us go through this, the organization was willing to meet his needs if he wanted to be traded to a team of his picking. It’s his fault for being a greedy punk, if he kills it next year, he can easily get it back, he has to look long term than short term.

  55. Philly Eagles In 20xx? says: Mar 13, 2016 5:38 PM

    I don’t follow the Browns,
    but from what I’ve read,they are in full rebuild mode.

    Draft a QB @ 2, and another QB later.
    sign a cheap journeyman QB to start, and mix in the kids for 2016.

    build a franchise, with good draft picks.

    I wouldn’t sign any aged costly F.A.’s

    I don’t see why they would want Kap ?

  56. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 13, 2016 5:39 PM

    Kaepernick has a better career completion rate, passer rating, and rushing average than the Giant Mental Midget taken first overall in the 2011 draft.
    That has to be worth a 2nd round pick at least.

  57. fanofpft says: Mar 13, 2016 5:55 PM

    You once took on and paid Niners Jeff Garcia. So why not Kap at what is probably a lower price then JG back in 2004?

  58. macbdog says: Mar 13, 2016 6:35 PM

    Wow someone actually wants to come to here and we drive them away GREAT JOB CLEVELAND…

  59. mrfrostyj says: Mar 13, 2016 9:31 PM

    Translation: Kap decided to get leverage over the 49ers using the “if you don’t want me this team that I’m pretty sure would over pay for me will”

    In response other team (Cleveland) said “sure we’ll take you but we won’t overpay you either and the team you’re on was pretty dumb for doing it and that’s coming from us who drafted Johnny Manziel”. (Josh McCown had a higher QB ranking than Kap BTW)

    Now Kap has to sit in his corner and hope he’s not carrying Blaine Gabberts clipboard.

    Browns Harvard graduate management – 1

    Entitled QB Kap – 0

  60. rainponcho87 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:50 PM

    the smart play if they want to move him is to be patient. Even if someone won’t give up a 2nd rounder now, sometime before the trade deadline there is a strong possibility that a team loses its starter and trades for Kap to keep their playoff hopes alive. The 49ers will be in the driver’s seat when that happens. Also, by then Chip may have restored his confidences some, making Kap all that more valuable. Say what you want about him, but QBs with multiple playoff wins are not on the market very often.

  61. captainwhodat says: Mar 14, 2016 1:20 AM

    A Browns team that has their most convincing win last year against San Francisco……
    oh, you mean beating the 5-11 49er’s w Gabbert the QB in Cleveland …I guess that would be impressive to a Brown’s fan…

  62. The Real Cleveland Sticks Together says: Mar 14, 2016 7:54 AM

    Oh, #cool

    Gimme Goff or Wentz…

  63. sporting4231 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:20 AM

    Seems like this is a waiting game between Kap and the 49ers. No team wants to give up picks and pay full salary for a QB coming off 3 surgeries whose best seasons were with a team that had the number one offense and defense.

    Kap knows if he waits until April 1 he will either get his full salary from the 49ers (and can decide how hard he tries during the season) or will be cut then he will control his own negotiations. There may not be any movement on this one until April.

    The only one anxious for a deal right now is the 49ers front office. York is under the gun to show mommy he can improve – and Balke is trying to save his job. If they lose Kap without anything to show for it their lives will be very difficult.

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