Report: 49ers, Kaepernick working on restructured contract

AP

The 49ers are working on a new contract for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, perhaps setting the stage for Kaepernick to replace Blaine Gabbert as the starter in San Francisco.

The deal the two sides are working on would alleviate the 49ers’ concerns about Kaepernick’s injury guarantees, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The new deal would shorten Kaepernick’s deal and eliminate his guarantees in 2017. That means the 49ers could play Kaepernick and not have to worry about owing him more money in the future if he gets hurt in 2016.

The deal would also allow Kaepernick to void the contract after the season, a powerful incentive to Kaepernick to play well and give himself a chance to test the free market next year.

With 49ers coach Chip Kelly acknowledging that he needs to look at whether to make a change at quarterback, a new contract might be the last obstacle to Kaepernick retaking his role as the 49ers’ starter.

37 responses to “Report: 49ers, Kaepernick working on restructured contract

  1. “The deal would also allow Kaepernick to void the contract after the season, a powerful incentive to Kaepernick to play well and give himself a chance to test the free market next year.”

    Yeah, cause teams will be beating down his door. Even if he were league MVP there’s not more than a couple of owners that would touch the guy and one of them just drafted Prescott.

  2. Get something done, Gabbert needs to be cut, the fans want Kap, the teammates want Kap, the media wants Kap. Of course you have haters on here claiming” ill never watch again” I’ve burned all of my 49er stuff” etc. These aren’t real fans, or real Americans. As a matter of fact as a Veteran I would NEVER want them on my squad because when things get real and they get challenge the fold. Don’t believe me? Read the comments here. I wear my Kap jersey still not because of what he stands for (even though I am a black veteran) I wear it because I am a pround 49er fan and I paid 150 dollars for it. He isn’t OJ or Aaron Hernandez!

  3. Now that Manziel is no longer in the league, Kaepernick has taken over the role of bad QB for a horrible team that generates the most publicity for his antics while not playing.

  4. Might as well, it’s a “win-win” for everyone if Kaep is able to improve the offensive play. Good luck to both the 49’ers & Kaep, in the end everyone can get what they want.

  5. Kap gets $15 million this year (almost $1 million-per-kneel), and now doesn’t get guaranteed money next year.

    Being off-season slacker (six months straight of nothing but sensitivity and kneeling I’m sure) doesn’t count as ‘injury’ anymore, either.

    Yorks really drive a hard bargain.

  6. I want Kap to play, if only because any defense with half a chance is going to grind him into paste.

    He’s not good, and he was never any good. He was carried by a damn good coach in Harbaugh, and a team that was talented enough to make it to the Super Bowl. When asked to carry the team on his shoulders, he failed spectacularly.

    This whining, simpering “protest” isn’t the first time his penchant for drama has gotten him into trouble. And it’ll be what ends his NFL career, because nobody will sign him after this.

  7. 49ers are NINTH overall in the league in terms of offensive touchdowns per game. They have doubled their average from last season. With a hodgepodge of other teams leftovers forming the receiving corps. Jeremy Kerley was fifth string in Detroit and acquired for a player the Lions promptly cut. He has more catches than the test of the WR corps combined in San Fran. Garrett Celek had something like 12 TOTAL CATCHES in 5 YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and he’s the second leading receiver on the 9ers at the moment.

    The problem IS NOT Blaine Gabbert.

  8. Why in the world would Kap agree to any of this? If the 49ers don’t want him then keep cashing their checks and get cut in the off-season while being wrapped in bubble wrap this year and be a free agent or if they want to play him then he either performs above or below what his salary would demand and the problem is resolved. If he gets injured then the 9ers are on the hook again next year but they knew that when he was made #2 and assumed the injury risk.

  9. Kelly said unequivocally in his press conference today that Gabbert has been the better QB in practice and through the preseason. Not to mention the previous season when both were on the roster.

    Makes no sense to put the blame for failure on Gabbert. The receiving corps is so bad Blaine is leading the league in rushing among QBs, in attempts, yardage gained, and touchdowns scored. Trying to do it himself. Last night had as many yards as “El Macho”, (The One Who Thinks He’s Handsome And Tough, But Is Merely Dumb). Gabbert had no time to throw, the Cards weren’t even blitzing much and he was constantly pressured and sacked 7 times in the game.

  10. Translation: still nobody calling about a trade.

    Remember the days when everybody thought Kaep was crazy to have signed a contract that was so one-sidedly team-friendly? Good times…

  11. mattwalshvideo says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:29 PM

    Just go join the BML already, you can get your paychecks from George Soros and Obama.

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    Yeah and those con-trails are what have Hillary leading in the polls!

  12. sopadegato says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    I want Kap to play, if only because any defense with half a chance is going to grind him into paste.

    He’s not good, and he was never any good. He was carried by a damn good coach in Harbaugh, and a team that was talented enough to make it to the Super Bowl. When asked to carry the team on his shoulders, he failed spectacularly.

    This whining, simpering “protest” isn’t the first time his penchant for drama has gotten him into trouble. And it’ll be what ends his NFL career, because nobody will sign him after this.

    Sure, he was never any good. That’s why he took them to the Superbowl, and it went down to the last play. Have you ever watched football?

  13. KEEPING IT THOUGHTFULLY HONEST: This is what has always been about? Money, not winning! So you can point the finger to one guy! It is ALL about the incompetent and dysfunctional GM Baalke! The bottom line is we are again in the cellar of the NFC West, but as long as he saves Money for Mr. York that is most important! He has destroyed our Team that is now both disrespected & dismissed as a loser of no consequence by the other NFL winning teams. So fans it is time NOW send a loud, continuous message that GM Baalke has done enough damage and must be fired ASAP.

  14. If he thinks giving up guarantees is a smart thing because someone else will sign him big time, well, good luck with that. I guess all it takes is one, but I’d lay money against it if Vegas had a futures bet.

    Certainly not a typical NFC champ-2 time finalist/age appropriate deal sans baggage.

  15. Gabbert and the niners sure could use a possession receiver such as, oh, I don’t know, Michael Crabtree….or perhaps Anquan Bolden.

    The $(ers have absolutely no reliable pass catchers. Celery, Kerley and a 1-route deep threat won’t get it done.

  16. oregonraider says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:41 PM

    Sure, he was never any good. That’s why he took them to the Superbowl, and it went down to the last play. Have you ever watched football?

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    Again, it was a talented team that carried him there, not his level of play. Rex Grossman “led” a Bears team to the Super Bowl, but nobody is lining up to sing his praises.

  17. Kaepernick’s career in the NFL is over after the Niners get rid of him. There is simply no way any team is going take on that kind of drama for that poor a player.

  18. Everybody wins, Kap, the Niners, the fans, everybody. we get to see if he can still be a qb in this league, the fans don’t have to wince at the thought of Blaine Gabbert, Kap gets vindication or free agency, or both. hopefully Kap and Ballke don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of this apparent victory.

  19. Entertainment at it’s finest. When all is said and done, the NFL is entertainment and it’s primary goal is simple: make more money this year than it did last year. It’s like the ex-girlfriend that doesn’t care what happens, as long as she gets your attention. In the NFL, ANY attention is good attention.

    Kaep > Ponder > Gabbert. For those Kaep haters trying to say he was never any good, I say this: He did it on the road in the playoffs, he’s beat the Pack twice in their house AND the Patriots in their house. Yes, he was part of the team that was supporting him, but those things NEVER happened with Alex.

  20. I’ve changed my mind about my career, I’m going to be a professional NFL protester! Man does it pay well! Hair cuts are optional and no talent is required!

  21. thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    49ers are NINTH overall in the league in terms of offensive touchdowns per game. They have doubled their average from last season. With a hodgepodge of other teams leftovers forming the receiving corps. Jeremy Kerley was fifth string in Detroit and acquired for a player the Lions promptly cut. He has more catches than the test of the WR corps combined in San Fran. Garrett Celek had something like 12 TOTAL CATCHES in 5 YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and he’s the second leading receiver on the 9ers at the moment.

    The problem IS NOT Blaine Gabbert.
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    Uh, the problem is not ALL Blaine Gabbert you mean. He isn’t helping them.

    Right now, he’s 31st out of 32 QB’s in QB rating and he’s below 70.0 in that stat. Not good.

    He’s LAST in yards per attempt and he’s the ONLY QB averaging LESS than 6.00 yards per attempt.

    He’s 29th out of 32 in completion percentage.

    He has MORE INT’s than TD passes.

    He’s really not part of their solution and he won’t be going forward either.

    Yes, they’re a mess in many places, not just at QB but he sucks.

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