Report: 49ers will keep Kaepernick unless they’re “blown away” with a trade offer

AP

The 49ers are poised to keep quarterback Colin Kaepernick through Friday, when his 2016 salary becomes guaranteed.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Kaepernick is staying in San Francisco unless the 49ers are “blown away” with a trade offer. Spoiler alert: No one is going to “blow away” the 49ers with a trade offer for a quarterback who’s coming off a season in which he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick is staying put.

As PFT reported on Sunday, cutting Kaepernick before his salary becomes guaranteed on Sunday isn’t really an option for the 49ers. Kaepernick is still recovering from multiple surgeries, and if the 49ers were to cut him now, while he’s not yet 100 percent healed, he and the NFL Players Association would argue that the 49ers were on the hook for his salary.

The 49ers appear OK with keeping Kaepernick, as G.M. Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly have both said they like the idea of bringing him back and letting him compete with Gabbert for the starting job. Baalke remembers well that it was only three years ago that Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, and Kelly likes the possibilities of an athlete like Kaepernick running his offense, so it makes sense that they’d want to keep him.

So while there’s been plenty of talk about Kaepernick and the 49ers going their separate ways, that appears unlikely. From all indications, the 49ers are ready to pay Kaepernick his $11.9 million base salary, his $1.125 million roster bonus and his $400,000 offseason workout bonus, and to keep him on the roster this season.

91 responses to “Report: 49ers will keep Kaepernick unless they’re “blown away” with a trade offer

  1. Ill give you $10 bucks , a chicken taquito and a snickers bar. Ill need your first round pic this and next year. It wont get much better than that Chip. Damaged goods doesnt get much on the open market.

  2. Kap is still Kap, strengths and weaknesses. Give him a strong OLine and he’ll be fine. It’s really not difficult.

  3. Wait..so you mean to tell me that the media tried to stir up controversy with this, only to be wrong?! Get out of here!! I’m shocked!! Media is much like a weatherman; you get paid more than you should to be 15% right. Everyone knew he was staying with the Niners. The media tried to make a situation out of nothing and were wrong again.

  4. The only reason for the 9er’s to keep him is because they have to ~ injury/$$. Great attempt to squeeze that lone conditional 7th round offer to a 6th, Baalke. Just take the 7th and be done with the posturing.

  5. Please define “blown away”. Nobody was going to offer a trade for him as long as there was a chance 49ers would cut him loose. Now that they’ve committed, perhaps a trade for an injured LB will do. Or, maybe they plant the story that his tattoos are gang related and just release him after June 1. After all, it’s not like the HC hasn’t been down this road before.

  6. “You can have my answer now if you like. My offer is this…NOTHING…not even the fee for the gaming license…which I would appreciate if you would put up personally”

  7. Look the Gm has visions of this guy being the next god of roll out QB’s. They must be convinced the past coach screwed this guy up and the new coach can set him straight. Otherwise they would have traded him for value.
    All in all in also means Gabbert is second string material and Kaperdink is the real go to guy they want to work with.

  8. kcflake says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:17 AM
    Outside of Chip Kelly, the 49ers front office / organization appears to be a collection or morons.

    _________________

    Chip Kelly is a moron too, did you see what he did in Philly, he let all the stars go and picked up mediocre talent. Good coaches play to the strength of their best players, Bad coaches get rid of them.

  9. clownsfan says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:18 AM
    So they’re keeping him then…..nobody’s tradin for that whacko

    I bet they got several offers for him and turned their back on them. My take is they think this guy can be a game changer like he was in the past with the right coach.

  10. Why is does this continue to be a news story? The 49ers have said countless times, they are not releasing Kaepernick. He will be a 49er next season. If it doesn’t work out, he will be released prior to April 1, 2017.

  11. This is 100% the right move for the niners, paying a backup QB who doesn’t want to be there 11 million bucks. It’s not the right move for any other NFL team, but this is right up the niners alley

  12. Kaepernick just had the worst season of his career and had off season surgery, and reportedly put in a trade demand and the 49ers brass wants to be “blown away” by an offer for him? This thinking is why that organization won’t be above 500 anytime soon.

  13. This is the perfect example of why, despite some liking the excitement of a college scrambler (and you can have short-term success with one) you are very unwise to make them your NFL franchise QB. You need a pocket-passer. And not just for own team injury & salary concerns, but also for 2nd-hand trade value – no one wants to pay a scrambler with a history of injury, but they would still consider a pocket passer if they felt they could protect him. Also consider Cam Newton – he signed a huge 6yr contract in 2015, and that means every time he runs, it’s not just his career but his team’s long-term cap finances & competitiveness are totally in the balance.

  14. What they mean is that Kaep can’t pass a physical before his salary becomes guaranteed and they have no trade partners.

    They are on the hook for his salary whether they want him or not so they put a positive spin on it.

  15. What’s “genius” Elway going to do now? Ship his draft to SF? Give Os money to Fitz? Roll with Dirty Sanchez?

    Stay tuned to find out in As The Donkeys Turn…. Or the spinoff: Here Come The Raiders.

  16. .
    What the 49ers need is a team with a history of panicking and making crazy one sided deals. The team must be desperate for a QB. They must reside in a division where the reigning division champ made great progress in free agency while they regressed. They must play in a cold climate and wear green uniforms.

    But where could such a team be found?
    .

  17. Unless they planned to cut him, the 49ers have always been on the hook for his salary. Also he can be traded anytime. The only need to trade now is to get draft picks for THIS year. There really was no deadline.

  18. kcflake says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:17 AM
    Outside of Chip Kelly, the 49ers front office / organization appears to be a collection or morons.
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    Just wait to you have Chip Kelly around for a while. He might be the biggest moron of them mall.

  19. niners816 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:09 AM
    Wait..so you mean to tell me that the media tried to stir up controversy with this, only to be wrong?! Get out of here!! I’m shocked!! Media is much like a weatherman; you get paid more than you should to be 15% right. Everyone knew he was staying with the Niners. The media tried to make a situation out of nothing and were wrong again
    ~~~~~~~
    I agree with your premise. The media view themselves as providers of entertainment rather than an outlet for factual stories. TRUE journalists verify stories with multiple sources before they put it before the public. The clowns of today think their personal opinions and speculation are newsworthy and they present those opinions as fact. It is a shame.

  20. Sounds like they don’t have a choice on keeping him, why cut him if they will end up paying him anyway. And since his trade market seems to have dried up (Cleveland signed RGIII which leaves only Denver and the Jets who are bargain shopping) they may as well act like they want a lot for him.

  21. Unlike the Redskins we stick by our man. Kap will be resurrected and is preparing along with Chip to lead us to SIX. #GoNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

  22. In a related story, I plan to stay married unless Salma Hayek asks me to spend two weeks with her in Tahiti.

  23. Guess what? they’ll be keeping him, no one will blow them away with a trade offer, but one trade might work, the Jets will probably trade the worthless Geno Smith for him, that would be a lose, lose for both teams.

  24. I remember the good old days when all the niner fans were saying Kap was so much better than Russell Wilson…ha-ha…RW set NFL records last year behind arguably the worst pass blocking line in the NFL and Kap and his 10¢ head, well…..haha

  25. Pretty sad when the Cleveland Browns don’t even want him. I’d put money on it for the Browns to have a better year than the 49ers. Can’t wait to watch the 49ers get rolled all season long.

  26. Well let’s just look at Baalke/York history.. They fire a winning coach after struggling for years prior.. They hire Jim Tomsula, fire him after a disastrous season.. Hire a coach with a gimmick offense who went 10-13 the last 23 games of his coaching tenure at Philly. A coach few in the NFL fraternity of players want to play for with Zane Beadles their signature Free Agent 2016 signing, to return the 49ers to glory.. You could have put a bunch of scenarios on a board, throw darts at the board and made better strategic decisions than were carefully thought out by York/Baalke over the last decade…

  27. The first team that offers locker room walls with floor-to-ceiling full-length mirrors gets him.

    That’s all he wants.

  28. I find it funny how a QB who took his team to the brink of back to back super bowls without a true #1 receiver in a highly competitive NFC west is getting so much hate. People forget last year he was coached by… what was that guy’s name again?

  29. Once again, the second-worst GM in the league (Grigson wears that crown) has over-valued a player, and as such, the Niners will be stuck with Kap, and will suffer for it. The dude flat-out isn’t an NFL quarterback, period. Playing for Chip Kelly ain’t gonna help either, so don’t rest on that crutch, Niner Faithful. The Kelly experiment didn’t work for a team that had decent ownership/management, so it surely won’t work under York/Baalke. More empty seats at that lousy stadium in Santa Clara, and more pressure on little Jed and mommy & daddy to sell the team. Delicious.

  30. LOL! Translation for 49er fans: Kap is soo good and soo critical to our success that unless we get a Blockbuster Deal (See Raiders trading two ones for a soon to be cut Carson Palmer), we just can’t bear the thought of letting him go.

  31. This is what we already knew. The trade hype was teams trying to trade 5th rd picks or lower for him. Instead the Santa Clara 49ers prefer a locker room divided amount teammates that like/dislike Colin. This is sure to blow up right in their face. This will be an interesting circus to watch as the season goes on and the loses pile up.

  32. He should thrive in a chip kelly offense which values a mobile qb. Won’t find another qb nearly as good for years if they let him go. Court of public opinion is harsh.

  33. tbone4444 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 10:05 AM
    I remember the good old days when all the niner fans were saying Kap was so much better than Russell Wilson…ha-ha…RW set NFL records last year behind arguably the worst pass blocking line in the NFL and Kap and his 10¢ head, well…..haha

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    Actually it was even better than that! The local 49er biased media here was comparing his stats to Cam Newton and saying Colin was better than Cam Newton! Our local media here in the Bay Area is such a joke!

  34. this isn’t hard to figure out.

    it’s been reported the Niners want a 2nd rounder.

    the Broncos offered a 4th rounder (which they don’t have)

    the Niners will probably take a 3rd rounder.

    also, I think Chip really wants to work with Kaepernick. So they really don’t want to trade him. But Kaepernick requested a trade so to avoid any hard feelings by Kaepernick they granted the trade request so that if he is stuck with the team; they can say they made an honest effort.

  35. 49ers need to quit this nonsense. First they hint they want to get rid of him, then they affirm they want to keep him and have no intentions for a trade, and today we get this. No wonder he wants out of there.

  36. Translation: We’ll take a used gum wrapper – you don’t even have to leave the used gum in it.

  37. raiderrob21 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 10:28 AM
    tbone4444 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 10:05 AM
    I remember the good old days when all the niner fans were saying Kap was so much better than Russell Wilson…ha-ha…RW set NFL records last year behind arguably the worst pass blocking line in the NFL and Kap and his 10¢ head, well…..haha

    ——–
    Actually it was even better than that! The local 49er biased media here was comparing his stats to Cam Newton and saying Colin was better than Cam Newton! Our local media here in the Bay Area is such a joke!

    …..Whats a joke here in the Bay Area has been the Raiders for the last 14 years…..

  38. 2nd rd pick is the price.

    Considering how poor the QB draft class is, there is no way he can be worth less than a 2nd rder.

    SF holding firm, wisely so.

  39. Maybe the 49ers are out smarting everyone. Tank the season by paying Kap the $11-$12 million this year, sign free agents next year (next year’s free agent class is way better than this years), cut Kap next year and draft Deshaun Watson.

    The 49ers might be a step ahead of everyone!

  40. Mental confidence is everything with the QB’s success. Go get a great coach he can connect with and he’ll be a middle of the pack performer

  41. Good luck chip, way to start your new job. Baalke you are a joke. Dangling your QB only to now say we always wanted him. Way to build the guys confidence back up. I hope you finish 2-14. Harbaugh is laughing right now cause you threw away a good thing. He was a play away from a ring and you destroyed your team because you couldn’t put aside your ego. Why do you think your players bailed. They wanted Harbaugh to stay. You are a bad gm and free agents don’t want to play there with chip or you. How many did you sign? That’s what I thought.

  42. Something tells me the price is going to come way down if they get a QB in the draft….so expect to get him for a bag of chips post draft…..

  43. boltbacker619 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:06 AM
    He could still be dangerous in this league with the right coach. Not sure Chip is that. But if so wow what a treat that would be to watch.

    ———————-

    If the Bengals have hopes of a postseason victory they would give him some serious consideration.

  44. Who will want this guy? He carries a big and largely undeserved contract and since he sulked when he got benched in favor of Blaine frickin’ Gabbert, he obviously has trouble dealing with the slightest contrariety.

  45. Hard to imagine anyone is going to “blow them away” when there’s really only one potential bidder for his services (Denver). That bidder isn’t going to suddenly get into a bidding war with itself, especially for a guy like Kaep that, despite his potential, is also a huge risk with a relatively large contract. It’s not even a sure thing that he would beach out Sanchez for the starting job.

  46. What is “blown away”? If they’re hoping for a Hue Jackson trading a pair of 1st’s for Carson Palmer, it’s not happening.

  47. What they really mean is they’re getting scared watching the clock tick and no offers are coming in. They’ll take a 3rd rounder in a heartbeat. I think something will get done on draft day.

  48. Denvers (strange) 4th rd offer, has gone…lol. In reality i guess that is Denvers 3rd rd pick misrepresented. The 49ers are clueless. When you don’t have anyone bidding on your players….you don’t raise the price.

  49. No one is watching the Niner soap opera although it is a pretty good one this off season with no one having a clue how to run an NFL franchise. If the Niner’s can win 8 games this will be a Hallmark season for them in 2016…

  50. 49ers official position on this is code for why they are wasting roster space on a terrible talent…………………………………..because no one else wants him!!! Duh!

  51. The statement that Kapernick “led” the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 needs to be qualified: He didn’t start until the 2nd half of the week 10 game that season (by which time, the division was firmly in hand). He was not a team captain.

  52. When you go watch Kap’s “highlights” videos on youtube from the JH days, you realize that at one time, this guy was a stud of studs. Making laser pin-point throws 50 yards down field, leading comebacks against good teams, and outrunning everyone. There’s still a chance he can be good again, but he needs talent again. Those Niner teams were stacked on offense and defense.

  53. Keep him then. As a Denver fan we’re not overpaying for an injured underperforming QB. Either give him away for a 4th rounder or he’s yours.

  54. @gabbertformvp, very true.. But I have a theory about those sensational games.. Sometimes athletes gets on a roll and start getting massive amounts of love from fans and media. And they play phenomenally well, far beyond their skillset that allows them to play unbelievable football… Then they fall back to earth and the opposite happens. Juxtapose some of those great 2012 games or the 2013 regular season game vs Green Bay where he passed for 300 and ran for 170, with last season’s Pittsburg, Arizona games and the god awful St Louis game where he failed to look left at a wide open Torrey Smith who he could have tossed it to for a 98 yd. TD..

  55. REPORT: I’ve been telling everyone within webshot for 3 months that he has ZERO value in a trade, and will be cut unless the 49ers are even more stupid than we think.

    You are all leakers and rumor mongers.

  56. You would think most of the media and commenters here are 12, watched none of the 49ers debales last season or only understand video game football.

    There will be no trade on draft day, no 3rd rounders, no nothing until he is free and clear and CUT from his $12M salary. Get it? He was completely outed as a sub-par QB last season, and having the basal intelligence of a sea slug is not going to do well in the redzone either.

  57. Teams would not give San Francisco what they were pedaling Kaepernick for before. All the sudden someone’s mind has to get blown by an offer? Haha. Good luck with that.

    Kaepernick is not a passer. In order to be a god quarterback in the NFL, you have to be able to throw it. Kaepernick is less to blame than all the fans and talking heads hyping him up. He was a product f a system loaded with awesome talent after years f picking high in the draft. The talent is now gone and Kaepernick isnt carrying any team with his arm.

    My prediction put him out of league after next season. I have been pretty much right on with my guess that he would fail and the reasons why. Wasn’t even a guess really, it was obvious what was coming.

  58. I guess all those ” unnamed sources close to the situation ” were wrong about him being traded.

    good thing you dont need facts when you write articles all you have to do is make up a bunch of stuff and say ” unnamed source ” told you.

  59. I forgot to add. The comments about “if someone works with him” are priceless. Wasn’t it Kurt Warner who tried to teach him to throw and read defenses? I mean that is basically teaching him to be a quarterback, and he still couldn’t perform beyond horrible. Why not turn him into a defensive back or a wide receiver? It’d be easier than turning him into a quarterback after he has learned the position all wrong.

  60. I just want to see the sportswriters who gushed over Kaepernick and Griffin finally admit they were totally wrong, and not just that time, but more often than not.

    Joe Montana wasn’t a reclamation project.

  61. With McCown and Hoyer both on the market, he’s kinda stuck.
    Both are better “Quarterbacks” than he is. He’s pretty much a guy who can run, and if needed, throw it a mile. The problem is, he doesn’t know where to throw it. Or where it will land.
    That’s his downfall.
    He’s staying with the Niners, much to their chagrin. Nobody will give more than a fourth or fifth for him.

  62. ninerboi says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:07 AM
    Kap is still Kap, strengths and weaknesses. Give him a strong OLine and he’ll be fine. It’s really not difficult.
    _______________________
    Correction. Give him Jim Harbaugh and a great defense and he’ll be fine

  63. Kaep’s Reps are the morons in this fairy tale.
    They’re expecting to carry his current deal elsewhere, following 3 surgeries and, having ZERO leverage in the process.

    What Baalke is saying is…..
    We’ll ship his A$$ wherever we feel comfortable shipping him.
    On our terms.

    Kaep has quit.
    No GM in this League will pay him until he proves he’s ready to compete.
    That starts with beating out Gabbert.

  64. RG3 and Kaep have the same high potential upsides, potential risks, and similar diva reputations. New Browns coach Hugh Jackson is good with QBs and can get the most out of them. You know the niners “leaked” the story of the Browns offering their high 3rd rounder and potential willingness to eat Kaepernick’s huge contract. It wouldn’t make sense to Cleveland’s new Harvard educated front office to give any of that up for Kaep when they could just go sign RG3 for backup money and keep all of their picks. Especially when they’re probably about to draft a rookie QB at second overall. I was glad when Sahi Brown said the Browns’ interest was “over-reported”.

  65. @zinnsand21 It isn’t just your theory. There’s very real science behind what you just described. A great book called “The Winner Effect” talks about it.

  66. How about the rights to Daryl Washington, & Matt Barkley. Kap can be a serviceable No 3 if Carson & Stanton go down again

  67. No team in their right mind is gonna give the 49ers anything more than a 5th round draft pick for a overrated Turd like Kaepernick. The 49ers are going to be stuck with a $15 million a year clipboard holder.

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