Colin Kaepernick to opt out of deal and become free agent in March

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When new coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch begun the reconstruction of the 49ers, one of their first moves will be to find a quarterback.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick is opting out of his deal and will become an unrestricted free agent. According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, he can’t officially make the move until March 2, but the new management structure won’t change his decision.

Kaepernick and the 49ers restructured his contract last fall, clearing the way for him to resume starting in place of Blaine Gabbert.

In the deal, Kaepernick gave up the $14.5 million in injury guarantees in exchange for a shot at the open market sooner. His original deal was set to run through 2020, and it’s hard to know if Shanahan and/or Lynch would even be interested in him.

But there ought to be a market for him, as he played reasonably well on a poor team, with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 12 games.

121 responses to “Colin Kaepernick to opt out of deal and become free agent in March

  1. “But there ought to be a market for him”

    Absolutely, the Havana Castros will be backing the money truck up to his door on March 3rd

  2. Huge Jackson will overpay for this guy.

    Look what he did in Oakland as a coach…absolutely mortgaged future with stupid Palmer contract. Set back 3 years. Moron.

    And he’s doing such a great job in Cleveland.

    That city deserves a lot better.

  3. Hopefully it’s off to the CFL.
    Stand up during the National Anthem or get out of the country.
    Can’t even muster the energy to get out and vote.
    Loser.

  4. Regardless of how you may feel about him personally, he played decently. 16 TDs, 4 INT’s, his best TD to INT ratio in his career AND, his highest YPC average as a runner…on a team with little talent.

    Obviously the people in this thread will have their opinion of him swayed by their feelings about his protest. However, if you’re being objective and actually KNOW football, its hard to refute the fact that he played fairly well this past year.

  5. First he opted out of the National Anthem, that move I didn’t understand, but this one makes a bit more sense. Whatever team he plans to play for in the Spring Development league will be a huge upgrade from the 49ers.

  6. He might as well go take a knee in front of the White House and wait for the world to change. Shouldn’t take too long if this action is as powerful as he thinks it is.

  7. I would have felt sorry for him if not for all that stuff he pulled throughout the past regular season. From wearing socks with pigs on them impersonating police officers, to wearing Castro t-shirts, to supporting racist terrorist organizations such as BLM, to kneeling during the national anthem and choosing to not even cast a vote for a president, he has become the most hated player in the entire league by far.

    All he ever wants to do is complain about how much he hates the country; I hope he does choose to leave at some point. If he decides he wants to return, I hope Trump kicks him out. Good riddance! The country would be an even better place to live without people like Kaepernick. He has the right to kneel during the anthem just like how everyone else has the right to call him an idiot.

  8. The new Caracas Cariocas or Havana Habaneros of the upstart Socialists Football League will certainly need a QB for the upcoming season.

    Can’t think of a better tool of the state to lead them to abject poverty.

  9. The man can play, there are plenty of teams in need of a decent QB. He will upgrade the position for some team and the OC will modify his offense around his skills ! Write it down Haters !!!!!!!!!!

  10. Is that an earthquake I feel or just the entire 9ers management jumping for joy at the same time?

    This should work out very well for everyone ………… except Crapernik (no that’s not a typo).

  11. How is “Social Justice Warrior” a derogatory term? You don’t believe in justice? What is it that you fight for that is so much more noble?

    I hate CK because he is a smug turd and was QB of a team I hate. But as dumb and aimless as his protests have been, they surely have exposed a lot of hypocritical idiots.

    America is built on free speech, and the ability of one person, any person, every person, to challenge power and authority without reprisal. Don’t like it? Move to North Korea, you’ll hear zero protests and that should make you provincial morons happy, right?

  12. raiderrob21 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 4:17 PM
    Jets or Rams
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    Yeah, the team whose owner is becoming a US ambassador would be all over that. Not to mention the NY media would eat him for breakfast. Kroenke is spending a fortune on the LA market, he isn’t about to risk all that cash on the less than brilliant marketing move of bringing in the kneeler.

  13. still confused why harbaugh did not have Kap run on the raiders in 2014, especially after the raider lost to rams the week before 55-0

  14. That makes it more likely that Jimmy Garoppolo will end up in SF. Shanahan’s system is a lot like the Pats’. They just have to match whatever the Browns are willing to offer.

  15. He needs an amazing o line and great running game to look like a threat like he did under Harbaugh. Not many NFL teams have that unfortunately except maybe the two in the super bowl.

  16. @dcpatfan

    ” an american hero” about what i’d expect from a bandwagon suckup stooge with a ” Free Hernandez” shirt on

  17. I think Kap is probably getting bad advice from his agent since agents typically know the football people and not the owners and his employment is an ownership question. Will an owner want to put up with the political impact on his or her fan base? I doubt Hazlem would want the negative publicity and the Dog Pound could go nuts. The Jets make no sense with Woody being Trump’s buddy. Chicago might work if they don’t get Romo. I doubt John Elway would want him in Denver with the Air Force Academy down the street. Arizona needs to groom a successor to Palmer even if he plays this year. The agent should talk to Bill Polian who well knows the currents of the NFL before Kap opts out. It could be a CEM (career ending move).

  18. Might be the best news Kyle Shanahan (wink, nod, wink, nod, no “agreement” yet to be HC of the SF 49ers) has heard today.

  19. If this doesn’t work out, he can always find work playing Link in another remake of the Mod Squad….

  20. I can’t stand the guy and I would love to see him out of the league. Having said that, it would stretch credulity to think that his agent has not explored the market and already found a taker.

  21. The Jets seem like a good destination for him. Big, blue city that won’t mind if he sits for the anthem… at least as long as he’s winning, of course…

    I’d say Chicago would be interested, but I can’t see John Foxx going for an unconventional running QB like Kaep.

    LA, perhaps? Give that sense of a fake competition to Goff?

    Or Denver, maybe? If they could get him cheap, I think they’d bite.

    CFL would love to have him, of course, but there’s enough of a market in the NFL to keep him stateside.

  22. Some dork wrote: “How is “Social Justice Warrior” a derogatory term? You don’t believe in justice? What is it that you fight for that is so much more noble? ”

    Social justice isn’t justice. It’s mob violence. Ask Milo about that one.

  23. Kaepernick is a superstar QB if a team is willing to put up with the distractions. Either that or Jim Harbaugh is worth $25 million a year. The first year the guy got on the field he led the 49ers to the super bowl, and they only lost by a whisker. His second season they went to Seattle for the NFC Championship and lost that game by a whisker. This dude is two whiskers away from being a two time super bowl champ. You might not like him, but the guy can ball.

  24. He needs to play in a town that hates America, someplace like San Franci….er, I mean, it’s a shame Portland, Austin, Ann Arbor, or Chicago doesn’t have a professional team.

  25. I simply do not understand all the negativity around Kaepernick. He was 6 inches away from taking his team to two consecutive Super Bowls, his .750 road playoff record is the highest in NFL history, and he is still a freakishly talented athlete within the right offense.

    He got caught up in a horrible, dysfunctional situation in San Francisco. He is well rid of that place (and I say this as a 49er fan), and I am excited to see where he goes to prove all the naysayers wrong.

  26. If you read the article correctly ESPN could NOT confirm this report. Although he is expected to hit the open market, Kaep publicly claimed his rebuilt relationship with York & Maraathe and was publicly open about a return to the 49ers.

    The man can’t read a defense to save his life but if it’s anyone that can get the best out of Kaep it’s Shanahan.

    Let’s conclude the weekend and get the 2017 season rolling!

  27. I understand that a lot of people don’t like him but those were pretty good stats considering the supporting cast.

    I agree it has to be a situation/offense suited to his mobility. He has a pretty rare skill set.

  28. Good Move for Colin, Really a no brainer. Shanahan is not going to make him his starter. I wonder if there will be a starter market for him though, my guess is no. He should be looking to go be a backup in a Great situation. Jacksonville, New York or Tennessee are his best bets

  29. No matter where he goes or no matter what happens, CK will continue to look like a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel.

  30. wte1 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 4:12 PM

    Go play for the Tehran Roughriders and see how you like it.

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    Or the Tehran Goat Riders…..

  31. Just couldn’t resist. Comment from “Atthemurph” & National Socialistic League. The NFL is entirely set up on a “Socialistic” business model. Unfortunately the owners need it and have a huge interest in keeping it that way. There would not be a league or other cities would not have teams/competition without their model. It’s not because of the NFLPA either. The owners designed & prefer this business model. It also gives them greater power over their product against who or what can compete/join. CFB conferences have followed suit. That is why there very few independent schools/programs anymore. There used to be well over 80 schools as independents. They all joined conferences. Conferences merged and some collapsed. Big revenue sharing. Big $ for both pro & collegiate. Keeps a product on the market. The NFL is a Socialistic business concept. Just for a select few. Then with Packers. That’s a different sham.

  32. Opting out is actually one of the more sensible things he has done in the last 18 months.

    1. Tells 32 teams he is willing to negotiate at his current market value vs. being tethered to the current salary level.
    2. that opens up the list of teams, since he might accept being a backup (only takes one solid offer to start an auction)
    3. takes Niners off the hook relative to current deal, and lets them consider a fresh start on a realistic contract without an ugly and public separation.

    I think the Niners are actually his best option from a pure football standpoint. New staff will re-evaluate everything. Kaep could use that.

    Another possibility is the Saints. They have kicked the can pretty far down the road with Brees each year. Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson are the current listed backups on the team website.

    Saints could sign CK to a low base with incentives. Cheap insurance for life after Brees, and a serviceable backup option in the meantime.

    If Brees retired, would you rather rely on Tony Romo’s broken body or CK’s broken psyche?

  33. Shortly above someone said “the man cant read a defense to save his life.” Then spoke about how Shanahan could be the coach to get the best out of him.

    Those two statements could be true, but they call into question what the “best out of him” could be.
    Shanahan’s offense is complicated and he is a stubborn “my way or not at all” type coach. It took Ryan just under a season to get on solid footing with his offense and he’s considered smart (and able to read defenses).

    I’m not thinking the agent had to find another team willing to take him to give him this advice. It might just be obvious (and maybe in the interview it was stated point blank) that Shanahan does not want him.

  34. aj66shanghai says:
    Feb 3, 2017 4:24 PM

    How is “Social Justice Warrior” a derogatory term? You don’t believe in justice? What is it that you fight for that is so much more noble? …
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    Qualifying the word justice with the word “social” in front of it is a perversion. It is all about trying to prohibit diversity of thought and to bully and harm anyone with whom you disagree and then rationalize that fascistic behavior as OK because of your “good” intentions. SJWs should be laughed at and ignored and, when they violently attack others, immediately arrested and locked up. Take a knee to that.

  35. juice08 says:

    the amount of TrumpBots on here is awful
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    Yeah, this isn’t a safe space. Must be weird for you.

  36. I just shake my head every time some fanboy writes that Colin Kaepernick “had the 49ers within six inches” of a second straight Super Bowl. First, the defense, the running game and Jim Harbaugh all had for more to do with the 49ers’ success than Kaepernick did. More to the point, the Niners would very likely not have needed a last-second score, or come up six inches short were it not for Kaepernick’s FOUR turnovers against Seattle in that NFC title game — three picks and a lost fumble. Kaepernick didn’t come up six inches short so much as he put his team behind the eight-ball with his sloppy play.

  37. A Trump bot here who has no issue with Colin’s freedom of expression. Even though i personally would stand and salute the anthem. (Thumbs down anyone?). Kaepernick is going to have a market. He’s coming off a decent year where he played with minimal talent. I would pick up the phone if Elway calls. My guess is that Cleveland, The Jets and Buffalo among others take a stab at him.

  38. How is “Social Justice Warrior” a derogatory term? You don’t believe in justice? What is it that you fight for that is so much more noble?

    I hate CK because he is a smug turd and was QB of a team I hate. But as dumb and aimless as his protests have been, they surely have exposed a lot of hypocritical idiots.

    America is built on free speech, and the ability of one person, any person, every person, to challenge power and authority without reprisal. Don’t like it? Move to North Korea, you’ll hear zero protests and that should make you provincial morons happy, right?

    So he’s allowed to use his first amendment rights to free speech and that’s ok…but when we exercise our rights to the same free speech to voice our displeasure, we are hypocrites, racist and in the wrong?

    Got it.

  39. alot of negativity from trumpians here. If you really cared about America and the the brave veterans that have protected this nation you wouldn’t be out hating on Kaepernick. If you really cared you would demand that veterans get the healthcare they deserved. If you really cared you would be trashing George Bush for sending thousands of soldiers to fight in Iraq to a senseless war. But no yall outraged at Kaepernick even tho he is a good person and has volunteered and donated millions to charities even to the Veterans Affairs.

  40. Jay “Interception” Cutler says:
    Feb 3, 2017 6:26 PM

    alot of negativity from trumpians here. If you really cared about America and the the brave veterans that have protected this nation you wouldn’t be out hating on Kaepernick. If you really cared you would demand that veterans get the healthcare they deserved. If you really cared you would be trashing George Bush for sending thousands of soldiers to fight in Iraq to a senseless war. But no yall outraged at Kaepernick even tho he is a good person and has volunteered and donated millions to charities even to the Veterans Affairs.

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    Bush=Obama

    Sorry you never figured it out.

    Both are war criminals. (and if you don’t know that by now, where have you been the last 8-16 years?)

    The political knowledge of people in this country is literally zero.

    BTW, Obama specifically targeted American children with drone bombs. Drastically increased spying.

    He had his own dumb wars. Syria. Libya. Yemen. Ukraine. Iraq (again). Afghan (continued).

    In fact he is the ONLY president in history to be at war EVERY DAY of his administration.

    Dodd-Frank was a gift to Wall Street and didn’t fix anything. We need Glass-Steagall, which Bill Clinton repealed.

    When S&L crisis hit, 1000 bankers were jailed. When 2008 hit, which was a million times bigger, ZERO were jailed. Bailouts were given in the trillions.

    Don’t forget the outsourcing with NAFTA (Bill), CAFTA (Obama), and trying to ram down TPP and all the other Orwellian legislation he was for.

    As a lifelong Democrat, the hate against Trump is HYPOCRISY.

    My fellow Dems protested Bush (good). Didn’t protest Obama when he did the same things AND MORE (hypocrisy). Is assured Trump is the devil (delusional hypocrisy).

    Pick one or the other. Not ONLY when it’s the OTHER side.

  41. I hope no one signs the no class clueless piece of chit ..if he does play I hope he loses a knee so the asshat can ” kneel ” the rest of his life ..

  42. Doubt he ever regains his Harbaugh form but could make a decent back up somewhere.
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    Calgary Stampeders come to mind or the new Spring Developmental League

  43. Do you really think someone is going to sign you for $20 mill so you have a new place to hold your coward knee? I think not. Good riddance you piece of ignorance.

  44. playedthegame32 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 4:06 PM
    Regardless of how you may feel about him personally, he played decently. 16 TDs, 4 INT’s, his best TD to INT ratio in his career AND, his highest YPC average as a runner…on a team with little talent.

    Obviously the people in this thread will have their opinion of him swayed by their feelings about his protest. However, if you’re being objective and actually KNOW football, its hard to refute the fact that he played fairly well this past year.

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    Not true. I could care less about his protest either way I only look at him as a foitball player. In that respect I find him lacking. He is too easy to scheme against. His arm is inconsistent. Sure he makes great plays from time to time, but he cancels them out with bad ones. His challenges reading defenses is obvious and opposing coaches do confuse him easily. Yes I get the stats you quote but because of the things I just described there are too many stalled drives. Also his leadership skills (important for a QB to ge effective) ate extremely weak. It does not add up. Some team may give him a chance and thats fine. But if I was a qb starved GM I would rather take a risk on an unknown than go with what I know about Kaep. Oh, and I am not Mike Ditka either.

  45. ctiggs says:
    Feb 3, 2017 7:00 PM
    Kap is the man and he will continue to be he will also be signed back if not I will miss him go niners #nobodyhasitbetterthanus

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    #nobodyhasitbetterthanus?

    Wow, I actually admire you for that. Way to love your team through the tough times. Thats what a fan is really.

  46. First he was one of the ugliest people on the planet. Then he topped that by being one of the dumbest.
    If you want to see his twin, check out a picture of a proboscis monkey. Except the monkey is better looking.

  47. I wish him nothing but the best. I think his heart is in the right place. But more importantly, he played well this year despite playing with some below average wide receivers. If he can find the right coach, he’ll be alright.

  48. juanweiner says:
    Feb 3, 2017 3:44 PM
    He can hang out with Tebow, Manzel and Rice.
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    One of these is not like the others.

  49. Is he completely nuts? It’s one thing if he was one year away from the SB but he’s had 3 straight mediocre seasons. Why would anyone pay top dollar for a mediocre QB who is a lightning rod with his political stunts?

  50. Ya’ll are some hating ass mofos. You wanna say keep politics out of football, but then you hate this man for having his own opinion.

    The hate is blinding you to the fact that he actually played pretty decent, especially for coming in midseason like that, not in top shape/health, and on that horrible ass team, but still played decent.

    There are plenty teams that can use him and he’d be an upgrade, I hope he goes to a solid team and he can be successful again.

    If they don’t get Romo then the Broncos should take him, they’d get him cheaper like they were trying to last year, definite upgrade and they’d be a contender.

    Teams that could use a QB that he’d be an upgrade on: Jets, Bills (best to keep out the AFCE as long as Brady is playing though), Browns (hope not, best place to ruin career), Chiefs (wouldn’t that be something, replacing Alex Smith again), Bears, Texans.

    Good luck and hope to see tearing it up next year.

  51. Well I admit that my expertise is not in the field of the elastic limit of credulity. However, I suspect his decision has more to do with his agent being told there was no room at the Inn for him with the 49ers than because his Stalworth agent has already found him a soft landing spot. His options will be few, very few. Because of the concept of Total Cost of Ownership, teams will calculate the additional cost to their franchise that Kap brings. Lots of those seats were empty because of Kap. As revenues were down because of Kap. Other than Jerry Jones, I don’t think there’s another owner out there that is willing to share their platform with one of their players. And the Cowboys don’t need his services right now.

  52. Well, you have to admit that the world is changed since Kap took his stance. Donald Trump is President, Muslims are banned from the country, and Belichik and Brady are basking in the SB spotlight in Houston.

    Good work, Squid….. I think….

  53. Quite possibly the dumbest person in professional sports. But hey, my flag football team could use a FS.

  54. Oh look the same peanut gallery that tild everyone that Joey Bossa and Cam Newton would be busts in the NFL are saying Kaep will be out the league, how nice.

  55. kneedragr says:
    Feb 3, 2017 3:36 PM
    Doubt he ever regains his Harbaugh form but could make a decent back up somewhere.
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    There’s probably some truth to that, but who’s going to put up with the headache? His talent isn’t enough to overcome the baggage he brings to a team, especially as a backup QB.

  56. He would have to shave his head before I’d even consider talking to him. Once he did that… I wouldn’t talk to him.

  57. He gets to leave San Francisco on his own terms: He’s choosing to quit rather than be fired. The timing of his opt-out allows him to explore free agency at a time advantageous to himself.

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