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Kaepernick contract talks reveal real reason for his absence from lineup

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With 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert continuing to play in a manner that suggests he doesn’t deserve the job, the team is facing mounting pressure to return Colin Kaepernick to the starting lineup. The 49ers can’t be any worse with Kaepernick in the lineup; why not find out if he can be better?

News that the team is talking to Kaepernick about a restructured contract that would address the remaining guaranteed money in his deal shows that the 49ers are moving toward making a change. Absent a revised contract, any injury to Kaepernick that would prevent him from passing a physical before April 1 would result in Kaepernick having a fully-guaranteed salary of $14.5 million in 2017.

That dynamic prevented the 49ers from trading Kaepernick to the Broncos or cutting him in 2016. With a trio of surgeries and an inability to pass a physical before April 1, the 49ers couldn’t cut him by then, and Kaepernick had no reason to reduce his fully-guaranteed salary of $11.9 million for 2016 to facilitate a trade to the Broncos.

The mere fact that team and player are attempting to resolve the situation in 2016 confirms that the 2017 injury guarantee has become an impediment to the team putting him on the field. Which means that the things we were being told (specifically, that he weighs enough to be No.2 but not enough to be No. 1) amount to a load of bovine No. 2.

The fans and media should be used to teams telling something other than the truth for strategic reasons. Here’s who should be upset: All of the people at CBS who were duped into believing that Gabbert will remain the starter indefinitely for some of the reasons proffered on Thursday night. Bill Cowher, for example, pointed to Kaepernick’s status as a loner during the pregame show. Phil Simms fell for it, too, declaring that “I haven’t in anything I’ve read, watched, watching practice, talking to the players, talking to the coach — there’s nothing that’s given me a hint that anywhere close with that quarterback change could happen with the San Francisco 49ers.”

Now there is. Talking to Kaepernick about wiping the 2017 injury guarantee off the books means that the 2017 injury guarantee was a major reason — and perhaps the only reason — for Gabbert not getting benched.

Suddenly, Kaepernick will be ingesting a magic smoothie and gaining enough weight to become the starter again, and the coaches and front-office executives and everyone else who was sucking through a straw a smoothie with a sprinkle or two (or more) of bovine No. 2 will suddenly start building up Kaepernick for his triumphant return to the lineup, which will come with a clear incentive to show that he still can play at a high level, in the hopes of getting paid on the open market in 2017.

Of course, Kaepernick can still refuse to re-do his deal. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it will be hard for the 49ers to not play him. Why give up the $14.5 million insurance policy for a shot at the open market next year and a shot at playing when he already has the former (since he’ll be cut if he’s healthy) and could end up getting the latter sooner than later, because the fan base is likely to turn to apathy if the offense doesn’t turn to Kaepernick.

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  1. mmack66 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:21 PM

    So much for that team friendly contract.

  2. 81megatron says: Oct 7, 2016 6:21 PM

    Its kaep time, haters gonna hate

  3. InoffensiveAccountName says: Oct 7, 2016 6:22 PM

    Don’t budge Kap.

  4. chrisk61 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:24 PM

    who cares. kaepernick and gabbert both suck. so does chip kelly. so does niners roster.

    niners aren’t relevant. use your column space on a team that matters.

  5. allseeingone says: Oct 7, 2016 6:24 PM

    Nice story but I’m an American patriot and have no interest in what is happening in Kaepernick’s world.

  6. 81megatron says: Oct 7, 2016 6:30 PM

    Kaepernick was the best Qb in the Nfl not long ago

  7. liberalsruineverything says: Oct 7, 2016 6:31 PM

    I have long complained about the 53 man roster limit, with injuries some common in the NFL. Progress is players being able to return after 8 weeks… HALF the season instead of the whole season. Wonder why the viewership is down? A bunch of bad play with “replacement players”. That is why.

  8. charliecharger says: Oct 7, 2016 6:32 PM

    I’ll bet Simms and Cowher are feeling really smart right about now. I knew playing Gabbert didn’t have anything to do with real football competition. But even Ponder was a better choice. But yeah, Simms and Cowher look like idiots.

  9. jag1959 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:32 PM

    So it wasn’t really his weight??
    I’m shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU!

    (no really this is my shocked face)

  10. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    “…because the fan base is likely to turn to apathy if the offense doesn’t turn to Kaepernick.”

    When I watched the game last night, it seemed to me that 2 out of every 3 lower level seats between the 40s were empty.

    Is apathy defined as 3 out of every 4?

  11. maust1013 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:35 PM

    He’d best keep those injury guarantees in place. There are bound to be some aggressive oppressors across the line of scrimmage at some point

  12. Mike Florio says: Oct 7, 2016 6:35 PM

    Actually Simms went all in with his views on Gabbert in garbage time, with the 49ers trailing.

  13. bucsorbust says: Oct 7, 2016 6:36 PM

    One thing Kap is good at, is sitting down. I’d say let him keep doing it and send him packing about early January.

  14. ariani1985 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:37 PM

    this loser wouldn’t start on 55% of high school teams!

  15. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:38 PM

    Given it has been reported that Kaep deliberately postponed rehab to ensure he met the April 1 deadline without being healthy I doubt he’s looking to play along.

    The 49ers are basically saying, we want you to risk yourself for the good of the team but the team won’t stand by you if you get hurt. Yeah, good luck with that.

  16. radrntn says: Oct 7, 2016 6:40 PM

    put a fork in him

  17. 6250claimer says: Oct 7, 2016 6:43 PM

    Jed York is the 21st century version of Bill Bidwill. And if you’re a Niner Faithful, that’s really baaaad news. If the Raiders play their cards right, they’ll own the market in the Bay Area before long, as Niner fans are jumping ship like rats, leaving seas of empty seats at crappy Levi’s Stadium. It’s a disgrace what the York family has done to this once-proud franchise, once the envy of the entire league, now its laughingstock.

  18. precisionpirate says: Oct 7, 2016 6:48 PM

    If Kaep cuts his fro he’ll be way under playing weight then what….something to Ponder

  19. tjacks7 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:53 PM

    Bench and fine him for the next 12 games for conduct detrimental to the team, then cut him the day after the season ends.

  20. tindeaux says: Oct 7, 2016 6:58 PM

    yeah since became the back-up qb, he used his platform really well to draw the attention on himself. i wish he could be that smart with the football.

  21. 26predator says: Oct 7, 2016 6:58 PM

    He played the 49ers, now they are repaying him by NOT playing him. Seems about right. lol

  22. edavidberg says: Oct 7, 2016 7:00 PM

    I don’t think the evidence supports your conclusion. If they had no plans to play him they have no incentive to ask him to renegotiate the contract. Now that they ask him it shows they are interested in doing so, but it doesn’t mean they weren’t interested earlier.

    Kaep didn’t look good in the pre-season. If they were that worried about this why did they play him then?

    I think Kaep should agree to push back the injury guarantee date to June. It’s a reasonable concession considering he would still get paid if he suffers a major injury that takes him out for a full year.

  23. 26predator says: Oct 7, 2016 7:00 PM

    And cut that ridiculous looking fro, bro. The last time I wore one, Carter was the prez.

  24. oldbrowndawg says: Oct 7, 2016 7:02 PM

    Yeah, let’s keep talking about this washed up hack who, now that he can’t play QB anymore, stays in the news by pulling shenanigans like refusing to honor the country’s flag. Next subject, please.

  25. killitandeatit says: Oct 7, 2016 7:04 PM

    This season is over and it should be about getting the number one pick in 2017. Winning a few games is meaningless at this point. I believe Kap would go down with another “injury” if he is put on the field. I would play Ponder at some point but I simply don’t trust Kap to do anything differently if he is the starter. If Kap would drop the injury clause and would like to show the world how great he is ,I would put him on the field. I doubt he will be doing anything other than kneeling on the side lines this year and will be probably be out of football next year.

  26. Xenu D. Alien says: Oct 7, 2016 7:05 PM

    The incentive for Kaepernick to restructure is to void the additional years and control his own destiny. If he refuses, the Niners control his rights and can attempt to trade him next year. If he voids the remainder of the contract, he’s free to sign with any team and can look for the best opportunity available.

  27. maust1013 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:05 PM

    Mike Florio says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:35 PM
    Actually Simms went all in with his views on Gabbert in garbage time, with the 49ers trailing.

    Most of the time I think you have a great gig and it must be cool to be able to do something you really enjoy and have a talent for. Then I realize you have to watch the drag end of a garbage game like that and realize every rose has it’s thorn. That they are small doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

  28. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Oct 7, 2016 7:08 PM

    Pay the man what he’s worth. He’s a true american hero and he led the team to a Super Bowl. He’s better than the bust Gabbert.

  29. joecool16280 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:09 PM

    Kap needs this as well. I actually see this as they both need each other in this situation. You’ve stated the Niners reasons so here’s Kap’s.

    He needs to market himself and the only way to do that is by playing. That being said, he only made himself less desirable to owners by his stance with the flawed BLM movement so if he can play well, he’ll get another pay day. If he doesn’t work with the Niners on the guarantee, I don’t blame them for not playing him. That’s too big of a carrot to risk if he gets hurt.

    In reality, it doesn’t even matter. Baalke has left the cupboards bare with his horrible draft record. I hope Jed is mature enough in the league to fire his buddy. If that doesn’t happen, it’s just gonna be more of the same ineptness.

    In short, Kap needs to restructure the injury thing as bad as the Niners do and Jed needs to wise up and get rid of the problem.

  30. bostonsteve12 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:11 PM

    clearly an oppressed and underprvileged 1/2 black man 1/2 white man!

  31. djvh2 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:12 PM

    “The 49ers can’t be any worse with Kaepernick in the lineup”

    Maybe, maybe not. Opinions shouldn’t be stated as fact.

  32. j huber says: Oct 7, 2016 7:17 PM

    Just get Balke to fix it. After his wonderful effort to destroy a successful franchise, and flush millions down the toilet, I’m sue he could screw this up too.

  33. drcap says: Oct 7, 2016 7:17 PM

    Time for Ponder!

  34. mackcarrington says: Oct 7, 2016 7:19 PM

    allseeingone says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:24 PM
    Nice story but I’m an American patriot and have no interest in what is happening in Kaepernick’s world.
    You may be an American patriot, but you’re also a liar. You had enough interest in Kaepernick to read this story and to comment on it.

  35. Exapno Mapcase says: Oct 7, 2016 7:19 PM

    And to think I naively attributed his absence solely to him being a locker room cancerous tool…

  36. seatownballers says: Oct 7, 2016 7:21 PM

    That afro will protect against concussions. He had that going for him

  37. mancini199 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:42 PM

    Why does the media keep making excuses for Kap? . Did anyone care when he got benched last year? If he wasn’t kneeling during anthem no one would even talk about him.
    Get over it he’s just not a good QB.

  38. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 7, 2016 8:25 PM

    Ok… here’s the deal. They don’t want Kaepernick. He’s a not very good quarterback who is also radioactive. They wanted to unload him but couldnt find anyone stupid enough to bite.
    Now they have Gabbert. Again, a not very good quarterback. They were hoping that Chip’s space age college offense would confuse enough people to take heat off the front office. Nope. Didn’t work.
    Next up is Ponder. This scares them. What if Ponder doesn’t work out?
    Better renegotiate with Kaepernick. Take the liability of the books.

  39. nbooat says: Oct 7, 2016 8:29 PM

    Everyone is missing the point of Kap’s protest: He is a Republican that is disgusted by the injustice that someone in this country can get $14.5 million/yr not to work!!!

  40. officialgame says: Oct 7, 2016 8:30 PM

    With that contract he should be singing God Bless America on a daily basis.

  41. dalvar1001 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:32 PM

    Stick to your guns Kap. One of the worst ownerships in sports. Every 9er fan has been screwed by the Yorks. Keep your contract if they play you behind that offensive line good chance you are guaranteed for another year…
    Kelly has learned his lesson he is a good lap dog

  42. scrp2 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:44 PM

    I just want to put everyone’s mind at ease. Even with Kaep as the starter the 49ers will still lose a lot of games.

  43. kevpft says: Oct 7, 2016 8:54 PM

    So he starts… and all he then has to do is get past the Rams, Cards, and Seahawks for it to make any difference.

    Not hard to understand why the team isn’t moving mountains to get him back in.

  44. bucsorbust says: Oct 7, 2016 9:00 PM

    I guess you say some teams worry about the salary cap, while the Niners worry about the Kap salary.

    Oh man, I’m not tonight!

  45. fedora59 says: Oct 7, 2016 9:01 PM

    Kaep’s only connection to being black is being conceived by a black man, who surprise, surprise, was never a part of his life. His Caucasian birth mother gave him up for adoption and he was raised by a Caucasian couple in a Caucasian neighborhood. Kaep grew up in white America. No drive-byes, no violent crime, no rampant unemployment, no drug dealing on the street corners.
    I think the tattoos, the buckwheat hairdo, and the kneeling are really just desperate cries for this guy to get some street cred with his homies.

  46. slickspielman says: Oct 7, 2016 9:02 PM

    It’s all politics, if the Niners play Kap they would lose big time sponsors and the rich people from the hills of San Francisco will stop buying suites at Levi Staduim. Kap kneeling during the national anthem has all these people wild up. I’m sure ownership has heard from local politicians to not play Kap or else. It’s pathetic but we live in a white mans world.

  47. rohinaz says: Oct 7, 2016 9:02 PM

    He got benched last year because he sucked, they tried to trade him in the off-season for peanuts by no one was willing to accept that overpaid contract. But you think the reason he isn’t playing now is due to his contract? He’s not a good football players. Just like Sanchez, looked OK when surrounded by talent but horrid if asked to carry a team.

  48. shlort says: Oct 7, 2016 9:04 PM

    If Kaepernick were a franchise type quarterback, he’d be playing regardless of his contract. Reality is, Kaepernick was used to run a gimmick offense that no longer works. He isn’t a passer, so he is doomed to never be considered great ever again (except by the media and the folks without football knowledge). Reality is he is not as good as Gabbert, and Gabbert is sub par at best. Not to mention he is stupid enough to believe media lies to the point he is making a stand on that lie.

  49. QB Film Room says: Oct 7, 2016 9:18 PM

    You know it’s bad when a contract restructure is the lead story for a team

  50. PhD says: Oct 7, 2016 9:21 PM

    You seem to be referring to what the buffoon brothers Jed and Trent should have done at the beginning of the season when they knew they’d be stuck with him. And YES it can be worse with Kap. Time will tell.

  51. kegowhisky says: Oct 7, 2016 9:24 PM

    So with this new information, where or does Kap’s “social protest” fit into the equation? There’s too much going on here at once to really know what’s true.

  52. goskinsgo says: Oct 7, 2016 9:25 PM

    “djvh2 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 7:12 PM
    “The 49ers can’t be any worse with Kaepernick in the lineup”
    Maybe, maybe not. Opinions shouldn’t be stated as fact.”


    Where did Florio say this was a fact…

    Anything he writes IS HIS OPINION, just like any writer. Why is it SO MANY people cannot distinguish between FACT and OPINION these days. Is our education system failing people this bad?

    I would say the only fact anywhere near your comment is that you don’t have much common sense…

  53. rexryansboobs says: Oct 7, 2016 9:36 PM

    I wonder what Ron Jaworski thinks of this?

  54. the610limited says: Oct 7, 2016 10:06 PM

    Leave him on the bench, kneeling or sitting all he wants. Cut him 1 minute after the season is officially over. And Gene Washington wants his early 70s afro back! You’re demeaning the character of that ‘fro with your antics!

  55. j0esixpack says: Oct 7, 2016 10:22 PM

    Just add a clause that he only gets his money if he stands for the National Anthem

    Then we’ll see how his principals hold up

  56. allseeingone says: Oct 7, 2016 10:34 PM

    allseeingone says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:24 PM
    Nice story but I’m an American patriot and have no interest in what is happening in Kaepernick’s world.
    mackcarrington says:
    Oct 7, 2016 7:19 PM
    You may be an American patriot, but you’re also a liar. You had enough interest in Kaepernick to read this story and to comment on it.
    You’re not very sharp are you? I didn’t read the article. I just commented. Now get off your duff and support the Greatest Nation in the History of the World the USA.

  57. back2ebayy says: Oct 7, 2016 10:39 PM

    “The 49ers can’t be any worse with Kaepernick in the lineup”

    Oh… I don’t know about that… Did you see him play last year?

  58. bronco1st says: Oct 7, 2016 10:47 PM

    As a Bronco fan, all I can say is “Whew!”.

  59. tmaczoozoo says: Oct 7, 2016 11:00 PM

    Kap say to Good Dell … i time mag,do.

    money in cash!

  60. bert1913 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:03 PM

    as hc of the santa clara 49ers, chip should be able to play whoever he wants, when he wants. this has jed york written all over it

  61. rho1953 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:24 PM

    I won’t watch him play. begone with him.

  62. leatherface2012 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:25 PM

    i bet its because kaperdink’s hair is too big..that hair is ridiculous.. make him cut it, or its back to the plantation

  63. quicktaker says: Oct 7, 2016 11:37 PM

    Bubble wrap him ala RG3 and end these dumb discussions.

  64. puckskin says: Oct 7, 2016 11:52 PM

    Never have I seen a “franchise” qb, so blasé about losing their starting job. This guy just doesn’t care. As long as he has his headphones, he’s happy to listen to music by himself in the corner. He’s a misguided man child with millions and the 49ers are stuck with him.

  65. makimaguro says: Oct 7, 2016 11:59 PM

    Paraag Marathe was the genius behind that contract. But now they will probably blame Baalke.

  66. dmretrogames says: Oct 8, 2016 12:03 AM

    I thought the real reason was because he makes Lamar Jackson look like Hulk Hogan.

  67. Matt from San Diego says: Oct 8, 2016 12:04 AM

    He takes a knee during the anthem, disrespecting the same people he is doing a horrid job at attempting to help understand and back his cause.

    He wants white dudes help. But he won’t get it for many reasons. Beginning with disrespecting not only a symbol, but an idea, greater than the sum of all of us living Americans combined, in order to make the case that… Police should put on kid gloves, despite going into neighborhoods where the minorities he is standing up for slaughter each other wholesale, without purpose, in absolutely astronomical numbers.

    But THEY should be required to go into these neighborhoods unarmed(I’m assuming thats the point of the protest, if there is one to begin with), because he saw a story on the news that upset him, and he is just a millionaire in a bubble who doesn’t understand that life isn’t fair down here in the trenches.

    Poor Kap, poor poor Kap.

  68. jonathankrobinson424 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:24 AM

    …Congrats York….you’ve created a team thsts worse than the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers!………

  69. hess97 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:48 AM

    I’m sure there were some niners fans that didn’t know this already, but for most part it was common knowledge. Can’t have a situation like last season where niners were on the hook after Kap had some conveniently timed surgeries to stay injured past April 1.

  70. demskinsbaby says: Oct 8, 2016 7:11 AM

    If you’re an American Patriot then so is Kap. You do know you’d have to be over 200 years old to be a real American Patriot. And what’s more ..what party were you back then? It was several to chose from. Are you a Vampire or something?

  71. littleseizures says: Oct 8, 2016 7:43 AM

    This could be good for both parties. The 49ers need to start him and hope it sparks the team. If Kap plays well, there will be plenty of opportunities for him in free agency. Gabbert is a backup, now we get to find out if Kap can still be a starter.

  72. dcpatfan says: Oct 8, 2016 7:47 AM

    ….and lets not forget the “winger brigade” who only need their fear bone plucked slightly to be “duped”

  73. billh1947 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:21 AM

    Face it Niner fans,your team sucks and Kap wont change that if he were the starter.they need to upgrade their personnel to be successful and it will take time,just ask Cleveland. the Niners teams of old are just a memory,they were under good management,good coaching and good players,it will be a long time until they have that again in SF so the frustration of fans will last a long time yet.Chip Kelly should have stayed coaching at the college level because he isnt an NFL coach who will ever succeed,he blew through Philly like a tornado and ruined what once was a good team and SF GM hired him anyway,they deserve what they got in him.

  74. couchbasher says: Oct 8, 2016 8:41 AM

    Kaepernick is not the same without PEDs.

    he tried to salvage whatever attention he could with a lame publicity stunt.

    Colin is done.

  75. dolphins4 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:44 AM

    If the 49ers are smart they’ll lose the rest of their games and then draft one of the top quarterbacks coming out in the draft.

  76. bigdawgdaddy says: Oct 8, 2016 8:47 AM

    For his next job Kaepernick will still be kneeling…. In some seedy mens bathroom stall in the back alleys of Las Vegas.
    He’s nothing but a terrorist sympathizer.

  77. hippieway says: Oct 8, 2016 8:52 AM

    If his weight is the problem, let him get on the scale with his billfold that should add a couple of pounds.

  78. heymister24 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    This crap started when kapo took a knee and hating on obama’s past 8 years.

  79. bigotshamer says: Oct 8, 2016 9:15 AM

    I like the magic shake line.

    Those of you in the faux-patriot bigot class either don’t read very well or you’re intentionally obtuse. Enjoy!

  80. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:51 AM

    Guess you don’t watch Kelly’s pressers. Kelly answered the haven’t played Kaepernick because of his contract clearly. He noted he played him in the first game, his contract isn’t a factor and the GM doesn’t tell him who to start.

  81. grandstandrice says: Oct 8, 2016 10:49 AM

    The 49ers fan base is likely to turn to apathy? We got news for you, pal.

  82. mmack66 says: Oct 8, 2016 10:59 AM

    dolphins4 says:
    Oct 8, 2016 8:44 AM

    If the 49ers are smart they’ll lose the rest of their games and then draft one of the top quarterbacks coming out in the draft.

    If the 49ers were smart, they would have handed the team back to Eddie DeBartolo, fired Trent Baalke, and retained Jim Harbaugh.

    The 49ers aren’t smart, so they will continue to be the worst franchise in the NFL.

  83. JSpicoli says: Oct 8, 2016 10:59 AM

    This is last year’s news and it’s just becoming apparent to you now?

    Notepad will never see the field again in a 49er uniform, under this contract.

  84. blowfishes says: Oct 8, 2016 11:31 AM

    Good for Kap. So many said he took a far too team friendly contract. Now the team is dumping all over him, its that very same contract that is giving him all the leverage.

  85. kepickle says: Oct 8, 2016 11:57 AM

    if Keap starts you’ll hear cheers ever time he gets hit he’s the most hated guy in the NFL

  86. footballfan825 says: Oct 8, 2016 12:01 PM

    If Kaep was white he would be playing… and standing for the anthem.

  87. ezpkns34 says: Oct 8, 2016 12:58 PM

    Does it really matter if Gabbert, Ponder or Kap are the QB? They’d be lucky to hit 6 wins regardless, so who really cares

  88. immafubared says: Oct 8, 2016 2:01 PM

    Quit talking its about kap. Its his agent pullng the strings telling him what to do. He listens.

  89. mackcarrington says: Oct 8, 2016 9:20 PM

    allseeingone says:
    Oct 7, 2016 10:34 PM
    allseeingone says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:24 PM
    Nice story but I’m an American patriot and have no interest in what is happening in Kaepernick’s world.
    mackcarrington says:
    Oct 7, 2016 7:19 PM
    You may be an American patriot, but you’re also a liar. You had enough interest in Kaepernick to read this story and to comment on it.
    You’re not very sharp are you? I didn’t read the article. I just commented. Now get off your duff and support the Greatest Nation in the History of the World the USA.

    Not only are you a liar, but you’re an idiot and a fool. You claim to not have any interest in this guy but you come back the story to read the comments and respond to them. If you truly had “no interest” , you would just move on. What in the world are you reading the comments for if you have “no interest”?

  90. eroschmidt says: Oct 11, 2016 1:04 PM

    The 49ers have plans to use Kaepernick for their victory formation kneel down play – they just will never have the chance to use it…

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