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Kaepernick situation continues to be confusing

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers walks on the field prior to their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The curiously-timed leak that the 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick are negotiating a new contract that would remove his $14.5 million insurance policy for 2017 has created the impression that the team is nearly ready to put Kaepernick on the field. While those who have been pushing to the public all the reasons why Blaine Gabbert continues to be the starter have omitted the very real financial incentive for keeping Kaepernick on the bench, the surrounding circumstances don’t completely point to an intent to keep Kaepernick in bubble wrap.

First, he continue to be the No. 2 quarterback. If the 49ers wanted to ensure that he won’t suffer an injury that could tie their hands in 2017, he’d be No. 3, behind Gabbert and Christian Ponder.

Second, Kaepernick actually played for a portion of the Week One win over the Rams. If the team hopes to insulate itself completely against owing Kaepernick $14.5 million next year, that development obviously doesn’t fit with the plan.

Third, with or without a revised contract, the 49ers realize they’re getting closer to the point where a spark will be needed, and that the spark could come only from benching the starting quarterback. While it’s possible that Kaepernick will be passed over for Ponder (the seeds of that possibility already are being planted), Kaepernick continues to be second on the depth chart.

From the team’s perspective, the situation is simple. Gabbert continues to be the better quarterback in practice, so he is the one who is playing. While the question of Kaepernick’s weight continues to come up, it’s more about performance than bulk at this point.

Would he perform better if heavier? Perhaps. Regardless, he continues to be viewed as not the best option.

The real question is whether removal of the $14.5 million injury guarantee would make him a better option. While the team isn’t surprised by the dot-connecting that emerged after the news broke of talks aimed at wiping the 2017 guarantee off the books, the 49ers view the attempt to swap the injury guarantee for a path to free agency as smart business.

It’s possible that someone with the 49ers leaked the existence of negotiations in order to pressure the player to accept the offer so that he can play. It’s also possible that someone close to Kaepernick leaked the news in order to pressure the team to play him sooner than later. As one source explained it to PFT, the universe of people close to Kaepernick has grown considerably in the weeks since he became the name and face of national anthem protests; all it takes is one of them to believe it will help Kaepernick to get the word out regarding a restructured contract.

The leak definitely helps Kaepernick, to the extent that it has created a sense that a benching of Gabbert for Kaepernick is inevitable. The news that some prefer Ponder could be the team’s way of pushing back, setting the stage for Kaepernick to not be promoted but demoted.

Regardless, the winds of change are blowing hard for the 49ers. Nearly hard enough to make some of Gabbert’s close-your-eyes-and-hope-for-the-best throws even more off the mark.

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53 Responses to “Kaepernick situation continues to be confusing”
  1. saveusterrelldavis says: Oct 8, 2016 4:48 PM

    America continues to not care

  2. sportsmediasameasnewsmedia says: Oct 8, 2016 4:50 PM

    No, not confusing…he’s no good. All you have to do is make him throw instead of run, and he can’t beat you.

    Now, all the liberals will say that he’s being benched because of his anti-American stance, and the fact that he is a Muslim. But the truth is, he’s not Chip Kelly’s guy…he’s a loser both on and off the field, move on, nothing to see here.

  3. MichaelEdits says: Oct 8, 2016 4:52 PM

    Alas, Glaine Babbert, we hardly knew ye.

  4. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 8, 2016 4:55 PM

    It’s not really that confusing. The guy isn’t very good. They have a ton of money tired up in him. They renegotiate his contract to make it feasible to play him this year.
    All they’re doing is seeing if he’s viable moving forward. They’re already looking at next year. It’s not like they think he’s going to save their season. They know he’s not the guy.

  5. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 8, 2016 5:08 PM

    Why is everyone confused? The guy was a white skaterboi last year. This year he’s a black activist. He’s a screwball. Who knew he was black? What will it be next year?

  6. number1hawkfan says: Oct 8, 2016 5:08 PM

    Not confusing at all. Unfortunately I know some people in that organization because of the business I’m in. Most in that franchise don’t like Kaperchoke. It has nothing to do with his “protest”. It has everything to do with his attitude and personality. The truth is they don’t want to play him because they know he’s not the real answer at QB. Yes, he would probably be better than gabbert. The problem is those dim witted fans down there would want them to keep him thinking he’s Steve young and that’s not what they want knowing his ceiling is basically right above gabberts. If their fan base was a little smarter they might play him.

  7. tacowrecker says: Oct 8, 2016 5:11 PM

    I wonder if its possible they’re working on a revised deal that would make it easier to release him. Kaep wanted out all offseason and the team wanted to move him, but couldn’t get the high picks they wanted in return. Now with his political activism and poor 2015, his value is nil. Maybe some compromise that lets him keep his money but spreads the dead money out over future years?

  8. mrbiggstuff says: Oct 8, 2016 5:18 PM

    Being the “official septic tank sponsor of the San Francisco 49ers” doesn’t make you an insider. Those people you “know” all work in the cafeteria, hardly the “who matters” when it comes to this.

  9. johnjackguy says: Oct 8, 2016 5:22 PM

    There is ZERO confusion. The 49ers are just making a good business decision.

  10. tonebones says: Oct 8, 2016 5:29 PM

    It’s more crazy than confusing. The 49ers allowed Jim Harbaugh to be the guy at the controls for long enough to get the new stadium deal done. As soon as the stadium deal was OKed, they stripped him of his power and the franchise immediately returned to the toilet. Kaepernick was a loyal soldier to the general that wanted to win. They shared that goal. When they booted Harbaugh, many of their best players walked away from the team. Kaepernick was stuck. The 49ers, who were hard-headed enough to choose Tomsula over Baalke, don’t think twice about sabotaging their own team, just to spite Kaepernick. That’s more crazy than confusing, but it’s spot on.

  11. weepingjebus says: Oct 8, 2016 5:34 PM

    I hope they start him. It will be fun watching half his line pretend to block for him. It will be the perfect microcosm of the shattered America he and other social justice agitators dream about.

  12. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 8, 2016 5:43 PM

    I’m not confused by it. He’s a racist that caused me to stop watching this sport.

  13. kingpel says: Oct 8, 2016 5:44 PM

    All I know is that people looked stupid when Chip Kelly pointed out he played during week one. It shows that no one even watches the games. they just complain to complain.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 8, 2016 5:51 PM

    Kaepernick is a messed up, screwy dude. He met some bimbo who convinced him he was black and talked him into doing the activist thing.
    The rest of the country is laughing at him.
    We remember when you were a flat brim, white skaterboi….
    You’re a clown…

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 8, 2016 5:58 PM

    49ers are 9th in the league in offensive touchdowns scored per game. Meaning there are 23 teams who are at least as offensively challenged or more so. EVERY ONE of those teams and their offenses were considered more talented going into the season by the prognosticators, especially at the receiver position. S.F. has doubled it’s touchdown rate from last season, so far, without the services of their top two receiving threats a year ago, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Seems to me the wrath over the team’s performance so far is misdirected. All the top draft picks in recent years have been on the defensive side of the ball, but Jim O’Neil’s system looks horrendous and they are currently near the bottom in most categories despite a season opening shutout.

  16. RegisHawk says: Oct 8, 2016 6:04 PM

    It’s 2 weeks before he’s ready to start…this is to give them the chance to cut him without being stuck for his contract if he isn’t any good when they do. If you had your own researchers, instead of interns scouring the internet for stories, you would have learned that.

  17. briang123 says: Oct 8, 2016 6:04 PM

    Let’s not kid anyone. If he hadn’t bad mouthed Trunp he’d be playing. The 49ers don’t want to deal with the protests, violence, and boycotts that crazy Trump minions bring with them.

  18. justintuckrule says: Oct 8, 2016 6:11 PM

    Love it. I hope he plays and takes a knee before every snap just to chap all the trumpbots

  19. ogawdwhereami says: Oct 8, 2016 6:11 PM

    Niners fan, but don’t care until they get rid of this idiot front office and their never-ending “leaks”.

  20. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 8, 2016 6:17 PM

    It’s Baalke, York and Chip Kelly. What is there to understand?

  21. purpleguy says: Oct 8, 2016 6:17 PM

    And to think a couple years ago this guy was the toast of the NFL.

  22. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 8, 2016 6:31 PM

    You wanna know how I want to see Kap on the field?
    If the Groundskeeper REEL mower runs over him!
    Would LOATH be too strong of a word? His own Mother won’t support him!

  23. brafootball says: Oct 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    Amazing how butthurt this whole comment section is when all Kaepernick did was stand up for what he thought was right. You can disagree with him. Guess what? He disagrees with you! Congratulations! Now you and Kaepernick are at a standoff on opinions, which both of you are entitled to! To paraphrase Chip Kelly, that’s what’s great about America.

    The exact same commenters who are always shouting to “keep it about sports” are now the first ones here to bring up Kaepernick’s protests and wonder if he’s really black… ON A SPORTS ARTICLE ABOUT IF HE CAN START AT QB AND GET A NEW CONTRACT.

  24. joecool16280 says: Oct 8, 2016 6:44 PM

    The only thing that’s confusing is why Kap had to steel Aldon Smith’s girl and caused his meltdown. Yes, this happened and exposed Kap as the jerk he is.

    Go ahead and snoop around PFT gang, it happened.

  25. stipez says: Oct 8, 2016 6:48 PM

    He looks like the kind of guy that scratches his butt and then smells his finger.

  26. realfann says: Oct 8, 2016 6:53 PM

    Kap handed the ball off a couple times in garbage time at the end of week 1’s drubbing of the Rams.

    That’s not playing. Your kid sister could have done the same.

    As for “its simple for the team, play the QB that shows best in practice”: Babbert gets the bulk of the reps so no wonder he looks better..

    .. and who cares anyway, playing good in practice when the bullets aren’t real means absolutely zero for a player whose#1 weakness is playing against the rush.

    That’s a nice way of saying Babbert’s shell shocked after all those beatings he took in Jacksonville. That’s not going away.

  27. kelsey59 says: Oct 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    They can’t find a helmet that fits over his hair.

  28. dtroxallday says: Oct 8, 2016 7:13 PM

    saveusterrelldavis says:
    Oct 8, 2016 4:48 PM
    America continues to not care

    122 7
    =============================
    And yet 122 of you still couldn’t resist the click.

    I don’t care for Chinese food/restaurants but I don’t step inside to tell them. I just drive right by like they’re not there.

  29. 6250claimer says: Oct 8, 2016 7:15 PM

    johnjackguy says:
    There is ZERO confusion. The 49ers are just making a good business decision.
    **********************************
    Jed York has made exactly ZERO “good business decisions” in his time as team president. So there’s no reason to think he’d make one now.

    You want to know why players and fans alike have been fleeing the franchise the past few years? Look at all these leaks from the front office. That will scare away prospective free agents, current players, and fans, faster than you can say “winning with class”. Worst ownership & front office in the league, not even debatable at this point.

  30. tindeaux says: Oct 8, 2016 7:15 PM

    oh no.. he’s gonna claim that he’ll play for #blm…
    #smh

  31. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 8, 2016 7:20 PM

    Amazing how butthurt this whole comment section is when all Kaepernick did was stand up for what he thought was right. You can disagree with him. Guess what? He disagrees with you! Congratulations! Now you and Kaepernick are at a standoff on opinions, which both of you are entitled to! To paraphrase Chip Kelly, that’s what’s great about America.

    The exact same commenters who are always shouting to “keep it about sports” are now the first ones here to bring up Kaepernick’s protests and wonder if he’s really black… ON A SPORTS ARTICLE ABOUT IF HE CAN START AT QB AND GET A NEW CONTRACT.=========================================================================
    When A Policeman shoots a Black person who is unarmed it is a shame, a Horrible thing.
    What people are so upset about is just about every single time this happens it stems DIRECTLY with “A” Black person either having committed a Crime, OR is a situation where that person refuses to obey simple commands by the Officers to gather information!
    These actions cause Black society to blame the Police Officers EVERY SINGLE TIME. Their refusal to accept any blame in the matter or admit the The injured person did something to CAUSE the escalation, is the reason for White Society to be angry. Every single time this angle is brought up the “RACE Trump card” comes out! If a White person tries to run, tries to get a Cops Gun or Fights with them, then gets shot, it is accepted that person was bad and caused the issue, and deserved what they got. BUT Blacks do no wrong.. If that never changes, this issue will be here. Plus why is it OK for Blacks to Riot, Burn Cars and Business of innocent people?

  32. cakesw says: Oct 8, 2016 7:23 PM

    Please don’t ever say ” No Confusion” in regards to the Niners…

    As long as Baalke around

    There will be confusion galore.

  33. cobrala2 says: Oct 8, 2016 7:24 PM

    Why can’t it simply be that if Kap doesn’t start he doesn’t deserve injury terms and they’re restructuring to reflect that?

  34. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Oct 8, 2016 7:35 PM

    kelsey59 says:
    Oct 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    They can’t find a helmet that fits over his hair.

    ————

    Such a narrow-minded statement. Shows you have no knowledge of and probably zero interaction with black folks AND have never seen game footage from the 70s.

  35. justsayin70 says: Oct 8, 2016 7:36 PM

    Kaep doesn’t deserve to play OR get paid. He does deserve some bad karma, though – and in time it’ll happen and no one will care then either.

  36. agroaltomar says: Oct 8, 2016 7:40 PM

    Thank God that black on black violence in America has completely ended (not) since she started having her clueless hissy fit.

  37. Karmi says: Oct 8, 2016 7:57 PM

    Kaepernick is a MSM (e.g. PFT etc) and ISIS darling. No one else wants him…his fiancee supports ISIS for karma’s sake!

  38. jmc8888 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:16 PM

    What’s really funny is people say Kaepernick has a position and other’s have a position and it’s a disagreement.

    Sorry, but if I said the sky was blue and you said it was yellow, that’s not a disagreement. That’s one person in reality, and one person a idiot.

    For Kaepernick, he forgets that Barrack Obama militarized the police, and instituted policies that make every person basically a suspected terrorists (why? because they had to hide the fact our gov’t and Saudi Arabia created Al-Qeada, and Saudi Arabia did it against us). Cops are put in a bad position by policy, and it screws everyone including them.

    Now that EVERYONE is being shot regardless of race, color, or creed… Kaepernick the idiot has blamed white people for causing something only ‘people of color’ are experiencing.

    You see there is REALITY, the sky is blue, or there is Kaepernick’s idiocy pushing a racist position, where the sky is yellow.

    Objectively Kaepernick is wrong, and to him the sky is yellow.

    He has problems processing information both on and off the field. That’s why he sucks at protesting as much as he sucks at being a QB.

    The only statement he’s making is that he’s a racist idiot, ignorant of what is going on, and turning bad policy against everyone into a divide and conquer situation between races.

    Of course it also discounts the reason why many of these people are being confronted by cops in the first place, the Wall Street outsourced Neo-Con warmonger policies of Bill, Bush, Obama, and Hillary (among others0 have created a situation where they don’t have decent jobs to go to. Not to mention all the opiate pushing that has created an epidemic in this country.

    We don’t know exactly how dysfunctional the 49ers are internally. It’s possible that Chip knows he can’t run the offense very well, but still wants him as a backup, and the front office might never want him to step on the field. There may be a disconnect. It IS Chip Kelly after all.

    It’s possible maybe the front office position changes with a restructuring, as they don’t want to be on the hook for next year. It’s also possible Kaep’s people leaked this in order to try to get him on the field and bet on himself thinking that the clause that allows him to opt out or whatever will land him in a better place for him. Good luck!

    We simply don’t know. But overall I’m sure all the other NFL teams are hoping they put Kaepernick in.

  39. rcali says: Oct 8, 2016 8:18 PM

    Um, has that NFL Employee protester scratched off that million dollar check yet like he said he would? Didn’t think so. Fraud.

  40. bert1913 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:31 PM

    it’s gonna be years before santa clara wins its first super bowl

  41. raiderrob21 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:33 PM

    Honestly, WHO CARES? All 3 QBs suck and the team sucks and is irrelevant. The stories should be about the GM and how he still has a job and how Chip is just as bad as Jim Tomsula (Who is still getting paid millions by the way!)

  42. realtruthteller100 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:56 PM

    its not confusing. its simple. he hates america.

  43. marmac2768 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:17 PM

    “While it’s possible that Kaepernick will be passed over for Ponder (the seeds of that possibility already are being planted)”

    ______________________________________

    There would be a scream of RACISM if they were to pass up Kapernick for Ponder. After all, everyone knows that BLACK QUARTERBACKS MATTER in the NFL!

  44. marmac2768 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    “Why is everyone confused? The guy was a white skaterboi last year. This year he’s a black activist. He’s a screwball. Who knew he was black? What will it be next year?”

    UNEMPLOYED!

  45. marmac2768 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:33 PM

    “What people are so upset about is just about every single time this happens it stems DIRECTLY with “A” Black person either having committed a Crime, OR is a situation where that person refuses to obey simple commands by the Officers to gather information!”

    Yeah, those NFL guys are ALWAYS being hassled by cops. Seems I remember this guy who used to play pro football for Buffalo who was accused of murdering his wife and an innocent “good Samaritan” and it was ALL a setup by this rogue cop who used the word “n***er on a couple of occasions!! I mean, that mean cop, got this girls blood all over the glove that just happened to match some of this guys gloves, planted blood in the guys SUV, cut his finger for him while he was in this hotel room, doctored a photo that where he put these shoes on this guy that the murderer wore, …… etc. etc. etc. Yeah, all because that dirty cop used the word n***er on a couple of occasions. After all, everyone knows, BLACK NFL PLAYERS COUNT!! At least according to a STUPID bunch of jurors in California.

  46. shlort says: Oct 8, 2016 9:56 PM

    What is confusing to me is why anyone thinks Kaepernick is a good quarterback. He is terrible since defenses shut down his running. He is atrocious since the 49er defense stopped being good.

  47. 1historian says: Oct 8, 2016 10:46 PM

    “Organizations win championships” – Jerry Krause

    S.F. used to be a classy organization that won consistently over a long period of time, now it’s not even a parody of what it used to be, and that’s sad.

  48. 94niners says: Oct 9, 2016 1:10 AM

    As for the topic, consider the following: Kaepernick’s WORST year of his career is better than Gabbert is currently playing. Kaepernick needs to start and it has NOTHING to do with Kaepernick somehow being a good QB and everything to do with Gabbert being one of the worst QBs that have ever plaued the game.

  49. edrebber says: Oct 9, 2016 1:53 AM

    Kaepernick hijacks the NFL broadcast to run his own political commercial for free. He needs to man up and pay for his own commercial like anyone else would have to. If a fan ran out onto the field during the national anthem to make a statement, they would be arrested and probably be sentenced to jail time.

    Kaepernick underwent surgeries on his right thumb and his left knee in January after previously undergoing left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in November. Kaepernick is more like 50% running back and 50% QB and has taken a beating in his first 4 years. He needs to take a year off to heal.

    NFL ratings are down 10%. Unless Kaepernick can return to 2012-2013 for, you will see boatloads of $20 tickets on stub hub like the Redskins in 2014. Even if Kaepernick plays well, many fanswill still hate his guts.

  50. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 9, 2016 2:32 AM

    27 year old female police officer with a 4 month old baby ambushed on a doorstep with her partner today in Palm Springs.

    Pig Socks.

  51. footballisnotthatimportant says: Oct 9, 2016 7:03 AM

    There are quite a few things “blowing hard” for the 49ers.

  52. Wonka22 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:25 AM

    I don’t know what’s more disturbing & offensive: His total disregard towards America and what it stands for, or his hair. Come on man, at least have enough class to do something with that mop on your head!

  53. ramit1 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:07 AM

    The head coach is a fraud. Always quarterback/player problems. Same as in philly.

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