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Report: Colin Kaepernick’s agents say he’s opting out

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Colin Kaepernick hired new agents recently and it looks like their first order of business will be finding their client a new team for the 2017 season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that agents Jeff Nalley and Sean Kiernan have informed NFL teams that Kaepernick will be opting out of his contract. A window for Kaepernick to do so opens on Thursday and the 49ers hold the same option to back out of a deal that called for Kaepernick to make a $14.5 million base salary in 2017.

That wasn’t a particularly realistic option, but there was a chance for the two sides to agree on a new number that would make more sense. That can still happen, of course, although Kaepernick’s decision suggests that he’ll be talking to other clubs before any deal is struck for next season.

Which clubs will be interested in Kaepernick’s services is the next question that needs to be answered, although he’ll need to wait until next week for formal discussions with anyone other than the 49ers to get going.

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85 Responses to “Report: Colin Kaepernick’s agents say he’s opting out”
  1. kcchefs58 says: Mar 1, 2017 9:57 AM

    I’d take a knee on playing for the 9ers, too.

  2. bengals1974 says: Mar 1, 2017 9:58 AM

    Works in Dating and the NFL. Break up before getting broke up with 🙂

  3. raiderrob21 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:00 AM

    Cue Santa Clara fans, you can start burning your #7 jerseys again that you put back on for the 3rd time.

  4. tampabayirish says: Mar 1, 2017 10:02 AM

    “Oh Canada, our home and native land. True patriot love in all thy sons command…” You might like their politics up there better too Colin. Although Canadians are fiercely proud of their military and honor their war dead to a greater extent than we Americans.

  5. niners816 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:03 AM

    I’ve been a Kaep supporter forever. There are things in this world you just dont do. Kneeling and disrespecting the flag and the pplwho died for you to make your millions is one of them. You aren’t worth it anymore. Hope the best for him, but grow up and get over yourself.

  6. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Mar 1, 2017 10:05 AM

    The CFL is hiring. He wouldn’t have to stand for our national anthem

  7. ezpkns34 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:05 AM

    Time to read through what will surely be some poignant, thought-provoking comments

  8. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 1, 2017 10:05 AM

    In other words, they were going to cut him. Be interesting to see if any other teams are stupid enough to take him on as a distraction.

  9. joedirte4life says: Mar 1, 2017 10:06 AM

    Yea but what if no other NFL team wants you. It’s not like you’re play leaves anything to be desired and no team wants the distraction of your politics.

    You may have just Doug Marrone’d yourself.

  10. weepingjebus says: Mar 1, 2017 10:06 AM

    The Pyongyang Social Justice Warriors just found their QB.

  11. tjacks7 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:07 AM

    The 49ers finally catch a break.

  12. nosleeptilsb says: Mar 1, 2017 10:07 AM

    Hello Canada.

  13. redlikethepig says: Mar 1, 2017 10:07 AM

    He should opt out of the NFL. Let’s see how he likes working the proverbial real job.

  14. fumblenuts says: Mar 1, 2017 10:09 AM

    He’ll either be on the Browns or the Jets….

  15. likuidsmoke says: Mar 1, 2017 10:15 AM

    Don’t understand the hate for this guy. There’s about 10 teams I can name that he’s be an improvement on QB over. I hope he goes to a good team and a refreshment of scenery, I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts playing at a Pro Bowl level again.

  16. Kingmj4891 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:16 AM

    No chance he plays next year. NFL saw what his actions did to ratings, teams have been warned to stay away from that type of stuff.

  17. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Mar 1, 2017 10:16 AM

    Just by reading the headline I got giddy thinking you meant he would be leaving the country.
    Oh well

  18. Karmi says: Mar 1, 2017 10:17 AM

    He’s a politician, not a QB – might as well hire Harry Reid since he’s also available.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:20 AM

    “Kneeling and disrespecting the flag and the pplwho died for you to make your millions is one of them.”

    One might argue that one of the things they died for was the right to free speech and to protest.

    Or does that only apply if its something you personally agree with the protest on?

  20. fwippel says: Mar 1, 2017 10:21 AM

    Who’s going to want someone who’s more interested in making political or social statements than in playing football?

    After he fails to land an NFL job, maybe he could go hang out with Chris Kluwe and Michael Sam, both of who learned the hard way that if you want to play in the NFL, you leave your social activism outside the locker room door. You don’t see the Patriots players distract from the objective of winning championships.

  21. nyneal says: Mar 1, 2017 10:22 AM

    I wish he’d opt out of this country.

  22. nflscouting says: Mar 1, 2017 10:25 AM

    How to muck up your career, Colin. So, the agent who screwed up that big contract is your current agent. That like the ROTC in Animal House-just bend over & say, Thank You Sir, Can I have Another. It’s amazing how much you screwed up your career. I doubt if even Hue Jackson would sign you. See you at the QB auditions!

  23. ricko1112 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:27 AM

    Krap is a phony. He had a couple of average years in 2013 and 2014 and made a lot of money because SF had no other options. The guy just isn’t a good QB and only a team that can’t evaluate talent (like SF, Jets, Cleveland, Buffalo, etc) would think that he could any more than a distraction.

  24. pastabelly says: Mar 1, 2017 10:28 AM

    ISIS needs a quarterback.

  25. charger383 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:29 AM

    It will take 3 years for his stink to be gone from 49ers

  26. irishgary says: Mar 1, 2017 10:31 AM

    @harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:20 AM

    “Kneeling and disrespecting the flag and the pplwho died for you to make your millions is one of them.”

    One might argue that one of the things they died for was the right to free speech and to protest.

    ———————————————————-

    You are absolutely right. And it gives people the right to hate on him and think he is a complete fool.

  27. marthisdil says: Mar 1, 2017 10:31 AM

    LOL _ any team that signs him should go ahead and also pick up Ray Rice and trade for Josh Gordon. If you’re going to have a PR nightmare, may as well go over the top!

  28. niners816 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:33 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:20 AM
    “Kneeling and disrespecting the flag and the pplwho died for you to make your millions is one of them.”

    One might argue that one of the things they died for was the right to free speech and to protest.

    Or does that only apply if its something you personally agree with the protest on?
    ————–
    I’m willing to bet you that the men and women who died for this country didn’t fight for our country so some “oppressed” millionaire qb could kneel for what they fight for. I know my grandparents didn’t fight for that.

  29. marthisdil says: Mar 1, 2017 10:33 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:20 AM

    “Kneeling and disrespecting the flag and the pplwho died for you to make your millions is one of them.”

    One might argue that one of the things they died for was the right to free speech and to protest.

    ====================

    You are aware that the 1st amendment is ONLY protected from the government infringing, right?

    People, businesses, private non-governmental agencies, can generally do whatever they want to stifle your speech.

    Kaep opting out, he’ll soon find out that no team will want him.

  30. dwoofer says: Mar 1, 2017 10:39 AM

    goodbye and good riddance

  31. jbaxt says: Mar 1, 2017 10:43 AM

    What a horrible person. Good riddance!

  32. ipdaily69 says: Mar 1, 2017 10:45 AM

    Commucrat

  33. jjackwagon says: Mar 1, 2017 10:45 AM

    His antics have made him persona non grata. Something he is soon to find out.
    No NFL team will touch him at this point even if his play on the field would be an upgrade. He is just not worth his baggage.

  34. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 1, 2017 10:45 AM

    rectumdamnnearkilledem says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:05 AM
    The CFL is hiring. He wouldn’t have to stand for our national anthem
    ___________________________________

    Let’s review: Kaepernick doesn’t have to stand for the National Anthem in the US or Canada. So, moving to Canada would be a wash, in that regard.

  35. horsepedlr says: Mar 1, 2017 10:58 AM

    the pr flak alone would be huge. only in pelosie land will he be welcome. plus he isn’t that good.

  36. omeimontis says: Mar 1, 2017 11:00 AM

    Whatever he decides to do with his future, best of luck to him. Potentially there will be other teams who may be interested. For example, Minnesota needs a QB because Bridgewater may miss 2017 or beyond. Buffalo may need a cheaper alternative to their current starting QB since they are not satisfied with him. The Jets may be interested. Houston may be interested especially if they can fit Kap under the cap. Cleveland also needs a QB. Denver may want him if the price is right.

  37. sisqsage says: Mar 1, 2017 11:01 AM

    He’s in for a decent paycut regardless.
    S.F. would have cut him if he didn’t opt out.
    He’ll find his market is limited.
    Elway tried to tell him that last year when they couldn’t work out a trade. He stayed put because the Niners were still on the hook for his 14 mil. No other team was going to take that contract.
    Now it’s even worse for Kap because of the p.r. nightmare related to his political views.
    Somebody will sign him because half the league is always looking for a QB.
    Wish Lynch and Shanny were more proactive and said adios to Kap at their presser.
    Time to move on.
    The scary part: S.F. might still be the best fit because of the tolerant atmosphere and gapping hole at the QB spot.
    Sigh.

  38. beachsidejames says: Mar 1, 2017 11:03 AM

    One bad hit and his knee gets blown out…. What Karma that would be.

  39. metalup666 says: Mar 1, 2017 11:05 AM

    Whether he knelt during the national anthem or not is really not the point here. I don’t like his actions, but he is free to do so. The point is his playing ability has dropped off significantly and I don’t know what team would want him for either reason mentioned above. Maybe a back-up role, but I don’t see him as a starter. I could be completely off base here, but that is my opinion.

  40. ceefu says: Mar 1, 2017 11:07 AM

    Kingmj4891 says:

    No chance he plays next year. NFL saw what his actions did to ratings, teams have been warned to stay away from that type of stuff.
    ——————————-

    So…the entire org from top to bottom had nothing to do with the 49er’s terrible ratings. It was all because of Kaep.

    The terrible prime time match ups had no impact on the TV ratings. It was all because of Kaep.

    All of the season ending injuries to key players on contender teams had no impact. It was all because of Kaep.

    Uh huh, ok.

  41. beachsidejames says: Mar 1, 2017 11:10 AM

    I’d like to see his face when stands up from taking that knee and theirs a vet helping him up with one hand and holding his artificial leg in the other.

  42. saltineamerican says: Mar 1, 2017 11:11 AM

    He is done as a starter.

  43. usedjock says: Mar 1, 2017 11:15 AM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:21 AM

    Who’s going to want someone who’s more interested in making political or social statements than in playing football?

    That is a great question. It seems like these days NFL teams do what they can to shy away from the drama/circus.

  44. ocgunslinger says: Mar 1, 2017 11:30 AM

    Hang in there Kap. Let us know what bridge you will be living under and we will visit to take a knee with you.

  45. omeimontis says: Mar 1, 2017 11:36 AM

    Kap is being attacked relentlessly by some in the media because he is a 49er. He won’t be attacked as much if he is wearing another team’s jersey. Same thing happened to Harbaugh. He was attacked weekly the last year he coached the 9ers in 2014. Those media attacks stopped as soon as he quit the Niners and took the job in Michigan.

  46. granadafan says: Mar 1, 2017 11:39 AM

    Kaepernick offended many by kneeling for the national anthem to bring attention to an issue about police brutality (the message was COMPLETELY ignored by those “offended”). The president has ties to one of our enemies and a former KGB agent who may or may not have influenced the election and is instrumental in very big business deals. This certainly warrants investigation as even all of our intelligence agencies are screaming about this.

    The same people “offended” by Kaepernick are oddly silent about ties to Russia including the the president’s national security council adviser’s potential treason. Such hypocrisy.

  47. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Mar 1, 2017 11:39 AM

    He could be the starter on the Bears, Browns, Jets, or Texans.

  48. badmoonrison says: Mar 1, 2017 11:42 AM

    He’ll never get another job in the NFL. Maybe as a backup on a garbage team like Buffalo or Jets. He’s toxic.

  49. mmack66 says: Mar 1, 2017 11:49 AM

    niners816 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:33 AM

    I’m willing to bet you that the men and women who died for this country didn’t fight for our country so some “oppressed” millionaire qb could kneel for what they fight for.
    ————————

    If these men and women didn’t fight and die for the right of any United States citizen, regardless of income level, to voice his or her opinion, then just what did they fight and die for?

  50. nyneal says: Mar 1, 2017 11:50 AM

    I refuse to watch any game he is playing in. I can’t stand him.

  51. 5280broncosfan says: Mar 1, 2017 11:54 AM

    Kaep best landing spot is…Cleveland. He’s a better version of RG3 and the offense is already setup for his skill sets. They don’t have a better option and to be a starter, he doesn’t either. If he does well there, it will help his battered public image. If he fails, it will be the beginning of the end of his NFL career.

  52. dawoger says: Mar 1, 2017 11:56 AM

    Krap doesn’t need to sweat it. The left sport media will shame an team into taking a flyer on him.

  53. thedangerouskitchen says: Mar 1, 2017 11:59 AM

    The landscape has really set itself nicely for the 49rs. In their situation as they finished the season it mattered not who was at qb their Oline was so bad. So they had to fix both before anything was going to improve. Given that they are off the hook for the Kaep cap hit now, and also that Wasgington just tipped their hand that the 9rs can just wait a year and sign Cousins without having to compensate, they can just throw a cheap piece of meat back there for this year and use all their resources to deal with the line and some defense too. Then next year bring in Cousins and they will not be on a bad path at all.

  54. rcali says: Mar 1, 2017 12:00 PM

    Of the paid protesters, he’s probably the best paid. That crazy screaming lady you always see making $15 an hour can’t be happy about it.

  55. cliverush says: Mar 1, 2017 12:00 PM

    Who would want this mutt? Oh, that’s right the Jets are looking for another failed QB to extend their long tradition of losing.

  56. diehardfootballfan says: Mar 1, 2017 12:01 PM

    Nobody is going to pay $17 for that baggage.

  57. abninf says: Mar 1, 2017 12:01 PM

    I heard Cuba is starting a football league. He can play for the Havana Proletarians.

  58. abninf says: Mar 1, 2017 12:03 PM

    mmack66 says:

    If these men and women didn’t fight and die for the right of any United States citizen, regardless of income level, to voice his or her opinion, then just what did they fight and die for?
    ==================================

    We fight for our buddies on our left and right. And we don’t like people who put down our country while living a safe and cushy life.

  59. badmoonrison says: Mar 1, 2017 12:07 PM

    I heard he was protesting with Rosie ODonnell in the rain at the white house last night. She offered him a job on the View.

  60. dsheik says: Mar 1, 2017 12:12 PM

    Politics aside but hes a tough sell right now. I dont think his skills on the field are good enough to outweigh the headache and embarrassment he’ll bring.

    If Im a GM or owner im not bringing in the mess that comes with him for a marginal starter/ backup caliber player.

  61. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 1, 2017 12:21 PM

    Kaep kneels during the national anthem in protest of social injustice, and the haters go nuts.

    Donald says ‘I like people who weren’t captured’ in a direct insult to war hero John McCain, and the same haters don’t say a word.

    Disrespecting military vets is okay sometimes and not others? I’m so confused.

  62. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 1, 2017 12:21 PM

    Anyone that is seriously considering signing this guy should be tested for LSD. Not to mention the off-field happenings, he’s just not a good QB. He’ll be a backup…at best. But with his baggage, do you want a backup QB like this? He’s also going to be surprised how little money people are going to give him. I can’t envision there being a bidding war to get this guy and any contract he does get will likely be under $10M with some performance bonuses.

    Still, I think he’s a putz. I was deployed in the Middle East and it turns my stomach that he chooses to disrespect the flag and wear socks that portray cops as pigs. That tells you a lot about his lack of character. Let’s see how oppressed he feels when he has to get a real job like everyone else.

  63. kmartin173 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:21 PM

    Unless he’s opting out of our country then I’m not interested.

  64. outlaw53 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:25 PM

    Politics and social “activism” aside, Kaep is not one of the “elite” QBs going forward in the NFL. At best, he is a backup to an entrenched starter. Can he play and can he offer some support to a struggling franchise…maybe?

    Then again the reality is that he comes with a ton of social/political baggage…regardless of his “out to lunch” abilities. Can you just picture what the introduction of Kaep into your team lineup will get in the local ( if not national ) news media? There will be many fans that will picket the training facility of said “new” team just to counter his racist agenda. What NFL club would look forward to that sort of publicity?

  65. JSpicoli says: Mar 1, 2017 12:26 PM

    I’m standing by a prediction i made 18 months ago.

    He is out of the NFL once off the 49ers.

  66. ninerdynasty says: Mar 1, 2017 12:31 PM

    thats 16 Mil in Cap space. Should get us 2 play makers with that $

  67. craigkintexas says: Mar 1, 2017 12:33 PM

    He and RGME are ranked 42nd with percentage of completions of 59.2%. Not much to negotiate on.

  68. selldannysell says: Mar 1, 2017 12:46 PM

    niners816 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:03 AM
    I’ve been a Kaep supporter forever. There are things in this world you just dont do. Kneeling and disrespecting the flag and the pplwho died for you to make your millions is one of them. You aren’t worth it anymore. Hope the best for him, but grow up and get over yourself.

    —————————————————————

    But, apparently, talking, wearing your hat, eating, texting, laughing, and screaming during the National Anthem gets you a free pass.

  69. RegisHawk says: Mar 1, 2017 12:49 PM

    Kaepernick’s earnings to date: $43 million…or basically what Kirk Cousins will get for being tagged 2 years in a row.

    I was never impressed with him. He’s never been better than the “1st read/run” label he earned. The read-option was never meant to be more than one of many options in your offense, not the heart and soul of it, and he’s no good for anything else. Kurt Warner couldn’t fix the guy.

  70. dsheik says: Mar 1, 2017 12:51 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Mar 1, 2017 12:26 PM

    I’m standing by a prediction i made 18 months ago.

    He is out of the NFL once off the 49ers.
    ************************************************************

    Your probably right, but it was his own doing. His ability and skill level should have allowed him to make a couple more career stops as a backup. He would never be a QB someone would try to build a team around or even a permanent starter, but he would have had a couple fledgling teams stop to kick the tires

  71. veracityguy says: Mar 1, 2017 12:51 PM

    Good riddance to this piece of garbage. Yes, everybody has the right to free speech in this country, but if you are going to protest and not vote, you don’t deserve this country.

  72. joenash72 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:56 PM

    He”ll be back in Santa Clara

    Nobody else wants his baggage

    Niners already have dealt with it

    At least Jed York will be confined to his cabana 😉

  73. thrifty says: Mar 1, 2017 1:04 PM

    Good. The SJW can take his clown act to Canada and the CFL.

  74. joshgordonsbong says: Mar 1, 2017 1:13 PM

    He wouldn’t cut it up here in Canada, the field is wider…have fun watching him throwing 5 yard outs that die before the sidelines….

  75. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 1, 2017 1:48 PM

    I respect anyone’s privilege to protest. I however, would never disrespect our flag and what it stands for, even if that includes the right to sit during our national anthem.

    I think Colin is too toxic for any team to consider.

    It’s time to kiss that bicep goodbye.

  76. 4ever19 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:40 PM

    He just needs the right coach. Unfortunately, he’s up all of his college eligibility.

  77. ogawdwhereami says: Mar 1, 2017 2:41 PM

    Still a talent who played well last year for a very bad team. Some team will sign him. Might even be the 49ers.

  78. sn19 says: Mar 1, 2017 3:44 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:06 AM
    The Pyongyang Social Justice Warriors just found their QB.

    ——————-

    I wish I could like this comment twice.

  79. abcisezas123 says: Mar 1, 2017 4:39 PM

    Serious doubt anyone signs this guy. But, then again, someone signed Vick. . .

  80. inozwetrust says: Mar 1, 2017 5:01 PM

    with some of the spotty QB play we saw last year someone will give him a chance – as incredible as that might sound

  81. blusky1 says: Mar 1, 2017 5:02 PM

    omeimontis says:
    Mar 1, 2017 11:00 AM

    ….Houston may be interested especially if they can fit Kap under the cap.
    ~~~
    Don’t count on it. His particular brand of protest wouldn’t sit very well with the fans here.

  82. thehighhat says: Mar 1, 2017 5:15 PM

    J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!

  83. thegloriousone says: Mar 1, 2017 6:39 PM

    All this hostility against an actual human because of his disregard for a piece of colored cloth.

    Whatever.

  84. coloradotennisfan says: Mar 2, 2017 11:19 AM

    He has marginal QB skills and his political stunts are toxic. He may find a gig for a sharply reduced salary with lots of conditions about performance.

    If I were an NFL owner, I would not tolerate political stunts in uniform. CP has a right to express himself, but NFL owners do not need to allow it in uniform. His political stunts are toxic to a large part of the NFL audience. I think that wearing a MAGA hat in the locker room or sidelines is also toxic to part of the fan base. Leave your politics (left or right) off the field and not in uniform.

  85. Mike says: Mar 2, 2017 11:35 AM

    If history is any guide, he’ll end up in Kansas City. And as a Kansas City fan, I really hope I’m wrong.

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