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Kaepernick’s status will be more clear in a week


April 1 arrives next Friday, and with it the 2016 base salary owed by the 49ers to quarterback Colin Kaepernick ($11.9 million) becomes fully guaranteed. The 49ers will avoid that obligation only by trading or cutting him by 4:00 p.m. ET on March 31.

If the 49ers truly want to move on — and the truth is always elusive in situations like this — they need to make a move by April 1. Otherwise, Kaepernick will have plenty of leverage when it comes to dictating the terms of any post-April 1 trade.

With the Browns signing Robert Griffin III, they’re undoubtedly out of the Kaepernick sweepstakes, even though the Browns reportedly were willing to give up a third-round pick to get him as of a week or so ago. The Jets reportedly are out of the Kaepernick chase, too (if they were ever even in it), which narrows the field to the 49ers, the Broncos, and anyone else who may be lurking in the weeds in need of a quarterback or otherwise intrigued by the possibility of getting Kaepernick back to where he was in 2012.

Despite the lack of sufficient competent starting quarterbacks, most seats at the top of the various NFL depth charts are full. The Rams still have question marks at the position, although intra-division trades can always be a little tricky. Beyond L.A. and Denver, there are few obvious potential landing spots, if the Browns and Jets are indeed out of the picture.

The picture will have more clarity a week from now, when the key date in Kaepernick’s contract arrives. Even after April 1, a trade isn’t out of the question, if the 49ers keep Kaepernick despite seeing his earnings for 2016 become fully guaranteed.

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43 Responses to “Kaepernick’s status will be more clear in a week”
  1. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 25, 2016 7:17 PM

    Kaepernick’s status will be more clear in a week

    Kaepernick’s status will be more clear in a week

    Is that when he’s scheduled to sign with the Podunk Peonies?

  2. broncodanny says: Mar 25, 2016 7:19 PM

    C’mon Broncs… Just do it! Kaepernick might just be what the doctor ordered!

  3. JSpicoli says: Mar 25, 2016 7:20 PM

    Haha. No one ever wanted to trade anything real for him. He will be cut before 4/1 unless the 49ers are more stupid than we think.

  4. PhD says: Mar 25, 2016 7:24 PM

    One thing seems pretty certain no matter what the outcome. Inexperienced Jed and Trent will screw it up along the way – they probably already have.

  5. theclebrowns says: Mar 25, 2016 7:26 PM

    Your earlier article stated the Browns never made it to negotiations and never made any kind of offer or mentioned compensation. Your opinion shouldn’t be stated as fact. The Browns never offered a third rounder as reported by every writer except Florio.

  6. jchipwood says: Mar 25, 2016 7:27 PM

    Not a fan of niners but would like to see Kapernick stay and do well in Chips offense which I think he would. The other side wants to see him go with another team that doesn’t have a coach that works well with qbs and let him find out how bad he really is.

  7. watermelon1 says: Mar 25, 2016 7:29 PM

    I hear the Ravens need a backup that should be ready to start next year when the small percentage of society remaining realize that he isn’t worth his cap hit.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 25, 2016 7:32 PM

    I don’t think April 1 is any sort of a deadline. Kaepernick’s contract is quite team friendly as it sits. 12 million/season is below average for starting QBs in the league, and there is no up front bonus to pay. Plus it’s a year to year deal with no big payout to swallow. A top 5 draft pick will pocket more money next season than Kaepernick, and the team is on the hook for nearly that much again over the balance of a rookie deal. Kap’s deal can be renegotiated at any time, unlike rookie contracts. Stork Osweiler with his 7 career starts in four seasons is guaranteed $37 million on the deal he signed, and his numbers were barely better than Kap’s last season, despite playing in the same system his entire career for one of the top teams in the league.

  9. donterrelli says: Mar 25, 2016 7:35 PM

    He’s not going anywhere.

  10. ninerboi says: Mar 25, 2016 7:56 PM

    We either keep Kap or pick Wentz or Goff at 7, or both. Either way I think we’re good. Let’s have a strong draft and get back in contention status. Go Frisco

  11. harshedmellow says: Mar 25, 2016 7:57 PM

    He’s really bulked up. Look at his arms in that pic, then at a recent pic. That’ll mess with your mechanics. He’s only going to get better. 11.9M is a STEAL.

  12. feelingswillbehurt says: Mar 25, 2016 8:09 PM

    For some reason the very sight of him enrages me. That he’s a talentless, narcissistic Jeebus-slurper doesn’t help.

    When the Browns of all teams pass on a player, that should tell you something…

  13. poundtherock says: Mar 25, 2016 8:09 PM

    I think he’ll be traded to the Cowboys.

  14. sportnorcal says: Mar 25, 2016 8:09 PM

    HAHA – with our front office it’s destined to be clear as mud next week.

  15. beauregard says: Mar 25, 2016 8:14 PM

    I don’t think he’s going anywhere.
    Denver won’t make a trade that San Francisco likes, and Denver doesn’t want to pay him what he wants. The Denver trade is dead.
    I like Kap in San Francisco, new coach, new system, new chances. He didn’t just suddenly forget how to play football. Chip will resurrect his career.
    As for Denver, I see Elway moving way up in the draft. It will be his defining move. If he blows a bunch of draft picks and Clady on a bust he’ll tarnish his reputation forever. If he gets a solid player it’ll cement him as an elite GM.
    Stay tuned.

  16. zinnsand21 says: Mar 25, 2016 8:19 PM

    Another idiot reporter who did not do his homework. Kaepernick is on Injured Reserve and can only be cut if he is medically cleared or the 49ers and Kaepernick agree to an injury settlement. So he is in control right now..

  17. raiderapologist says: Mar 25, 2016 8:25 PM

    Kaepernick sweepstakes
    noun: sweepstake; plural noun: sweepstakes

    1) a form of gambling, especially on horse races, in which all the stakes are divided among the winners.
    2) a race on which money is bet and divided among the winners.
    3) a promotional drawing in which prizes are given away at no charge to the participants.

  18. mmack66 says: Mar 25, 2016 8:30 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Mar 25, 2016 7:20 PM

    Haha. No one ever wanted to trade anything real for him. He will be cut before 4/1 unless the 49ers are more stupid than we think.

    It’s not possible for them to be more stupid that I think they are. YMMV.

  19. moseszd says: Mar 25, 2016 8:34 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Mar 25, 2016 7:20 PM
    Haha. No one ever wanted to trade anything real for him. He will be cut before 4/1 unless the 49ers are more stupid than we think.

    Sigh. This is why the Internet should never, ever, ever, ever, ever run a football team.

    It would be beyond stupid to cut him. The 49ers don’t need the cap room, somebody’s QB might get hurt in OTAs or sometime before the trade deadline and drive the value of Kaepernick way up. And, contrary to any rational expectations, Kelly might make him a real NFL QB. Something that he’s never come close to being.

    And, worse-comes-worse, the 49ers will need a back-up for Gabbert as the QB prospect drafted (unless Baalke goes completely off the rails) sits and learns how to be an NFL QB.

  20. bert1913 says: Mar 25, 2016 9:00 PM

    who wants a 1 read, then run qb?

  21. joe2jerry says: Mar 25, 2016 9:04 PM

    I’m gonna say it again for the millionth time, the 49ers want Kap and hired Chip because he could resurrect Kap’s career. All else is media noise. we keep being asked to believe different things about the situation every day. The fact is, the 49ers want Kap. That is all

  22. dalvar1001 says: Mar 25, 2016 9:52 PM

    Never will be cut Kap 49ers will wait it out all it takes is for one QB to tank or get hurt. Then they will get a second round pick

  23. hitit49 says: Mar 25, 2016 10:00 PM

    Kap is injured and will not pass his physical before April 1st, maybe the 2nd though. Ha Ha

  24. swissals14 says: Mar 25, 2016 10:08 PM

    Elway is owning Baalke in negotiations. Baalke wanted a 2nd rounder for Kaep and Elway won’t give up more than a 5th. Elway knows that they will have to cut or trade him on or before April 1st. The Broncos will get Kaep for a 2017 5th on March 31st.

  25. niners806 says: Mar 25, 2016 10:10 PM

    So there’s pressure on the 49ers? Hmm ….first off the 49ers are rebuilding so we know we’re not going to be that good this year 2nd they have more then 50mil in cap space so whether the 49ers keep him how does that hurt them lol The pressure is on the Broncos because there the defending champs and are they really going to sell there fan base that Mark butt fumble Sanchez will be there opening day starter lol Come on now!

  26. harrietknutczak says: Mar 26, 2016 12:37 AM

    The ‘niners have Steve DeBerg ready to come out of retirement. No need to keep Kap.

  27. rainponcho87 says: Mar 26, 2016 12:47 AM

    49ers brass think he has a lot of talent and upside. They would part with him for draft picks because they are rebuilding anyway, but no other team is so sure that he will be good. So I say no trade happening. Elway and Broncos only want him if he’s in the bargain bin and Jed isn’t taking that. 49ers pay him because cap space is the one thing the do have. A trade could happen later though. If he gets beat out in camp by Blaine Gabbert and a contending team loses their starter to injury, trading for Kap may make sense. If the Cowboys for instance had him last year, I think he would have done enough for them to win the NFC East.

  28. JSpicoli says: Mar 26, 2016 12:52 AM

    Dude has a keen ability to suck at playing QB in The League. Will go far according to visionaries ITT.

  29. seanpscott says: Mar 26, 2016 2:26 AM

    Niners are definitely not cutting him. There’s absolutely no reason to. Plenty of cap room, he would do well in Kelly’s offense or at least have a competition with Gabbert and unless someone offers crazy compensation no reason to trade him either. He should be happy he didn’t go to the Browns QB wasteland. I want to see him and Gabbert battle it out and may the best man win. But no way we should draft a QB at 7 overall. Build our D early or O line and draft a QB in the 3rd-4th. So many other needs over QB right now including ILB, Edge rusher, DL, OL and CB. No particular order. But most mocks I’ve seen Hargreaves or Buckner there and I’d gladly take either of them over any QB. I’m hoping Jack falls to us but likely won’t happen. He’d be my #1 choice. Denver proved this year if you have enough pass rushers you can destroy teams. Let’s build the D

  30. kelsey59 says: Mar 26, 2016 2:36 AM

    Most overrated QB in the league.

  31. archer454 says: Mar 26, 2016 7:03 AM

    CK doesn’t want to be in SF. Thats the key to whether he’s cut or traded. No way SF keeps him. Gabbert is a nice fill in until the next starter comes along.

  32. oregonraider says: Mar 26, 2016 7:04 AM

    He got the 49’ers to the Superbowl and almost won it, then to the playoffs. Because he didn’t go to the Superbowl under quarterback guru Tomsula suddenly he’s not an NFL quarterback?

  33. hollymolley says: Mar 26, 2016 7:41 AM

    The Philadelphia Eagles, either now or ( as was mentioned ) later, when Bradford goes down. Then again ( as was also mentioned ) maybe not. On the other hand, a glove …….

  34. timpiker says: Mar 26, 2016 8:15 AM

    The Browns were interested IF Kaep would cut his salary in half. He wouldn’t go for it. Things may change after he’s cut and on the street looking for a job.

  35. bigredgoog says: Mar 26, 2016 9:36 AM

    Are teams allowed to trade a player but keep part of the salary on their cap? If so, that might be a way to make the trade work. Kap gets all his money, new team gets Kap for 5 million a year for example, 49ers get better draft choice in exchange and replace Kap with a cheaper 1st round draft choice.

  36. nhpats says: Mar 26, 2016 9:38 AM

    If the Bengals want any hope of winning a playoff game they should snap up Kap.

  37. jets4everandever says: Mar 26, 2016 10:14 AM

    This is what’s gonna happen 49ers are gonna make one last attempt to trade him for what they want.. before the 1st.. I really don’t see them cutting him if any when the draft starts they will make another attempt to trade him at the draft.. if they take a qb with there pick in the draft.. then without a doubt him or Gabbert are gone but most likely Gabbert because they are paying kapp way to much to just cut him after April 1st..

  38. arokiarajjason says: Mar 26, 2016 12:32 PM

    These are just reports. It’s not on the NY Times. Therefore, I can’t rule out Kaepernick to the Jets.

  39. ndgarretjax says: Mar 26, 2016 4:12 PM

    just trade him already

  40. shcedstaff says: Mar 26, 2016 4:12 PM

    Perhaps Ted Thompson and his goons should try to make a trade for Kap. I’m sure Ted is tired of watching Kap rape them in the regular season and playoffs.

  41. iowahbr says: Mar 26, 2016 5:20 PM

    half the posters here seem to think the NFL isn’t primarily about money and they are so wrong. He will be cut because he’s not worth 12 million right now and after being cut he’ll be lucky to get 7 or 8. the difference helps sign or keep 2 or more players who are needed elsewhere on the 9 ers.

  42. arock49 says: Mar 27, 2016 12:20 AM

    They didn’t trade him for a supposed 4th rounder from Denver…. Sooo let’s cut him?? Pretty lame theory

  43. deathvalleycarl says: Mar 27, 2016 4:56 PM

    I remember the good old days when articles were not written until there was actually some news. Recently, there have been dozens of articles, hundreds of comments and absolutely no news has been made.

    49ers management are acting like they want Kaepernick and Gabbert to compete for transition QB, while they groom a 2nd or 3rd round pick (maybe Connor Cook) into the QBOTF. Kap’s worth more to them than a pick at the end of the 4th round, so don’t hold your breath for a trade.

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