Timing of Kaepernick benching is curious

AP

The headline is that the 49ers have benched quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The real story is the timing of the move.

With eight games already played, the 49ers are one game away from their bye. So why not let Kaepernick try his luck against a slumping Falcons team and then make a decision during the off week?

The fact that the news is coming the night before the trade deadline, via widespread leaks to multiple media outlets, invites speculation that the 49ers have made the move now in order to induce someone to call with an offer for Kaepernick between now and Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. The decision to trade tight end Vernon Davis shows that the 49ers have entered fire-sale territory. So why not get what they can for the fallen franchise quarterback who perhaps never really was one?

The decision to send him to the bench likely means the 49ers are done with Kaepernick, and that he’ll be traded or cut before April 1, when his 2016 base salary becomes fully guaranteed. If that’s the case, and given that he has more than $31 million guaranteed for injury from 2016 through 2018, the decision to bench Kaepernick could represent a decision to put him in bubble wrap for the balance of the season.

They could get more by waiting to trade him in March, when a team like the Eagles could be in better position to offer more value for Kaepernick. By making a play for Kaepernick now, the Eagles would be disrupting the chemistry of a team that is only one-half game out of first place in the NFC East. By waiting until March, when quarterback Sam Bradford could be heading to free agency, it will be a much smoother transition.

The 49ers also could have more suitors in the offseason for Kaepernick, when more teams will be looking for competent quarterbacks in a league that doesn’t have nearly enough of them.

Regardless, the move makes it clear that Kaepernick is available now for the right price. Whatever the right price may be, there’s only one way for an interested team to find out.

54 responses to “Timing of Kaepernick benching is curious

  1. or maybe chip trades the sanchize for kaep and a recently acquired 6th rounder so kaep has half a season to learn the system in philly

  2. It’s not all Kaepernick. In fact, Kaepernick isn’t the problem, it’s the GM and the owner. IT would also help if the OC would have let him play his game instead of turning him into a pocket passer.

  3. coltzfan166 says:
    Nov 2, 2015 11:57 PM

    Kaepernick is going to Buffalo for a reunion with Greg Roman. RG3 will be in Philly next year

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    No chance. I’m a Bills fan and I don’t know if Tyrod Taylor is the answer at QB, but I do know that he is much better than Kaepernick. He at least has below average defense reading ability.

  4. So you want to get rid of a QB that got you to a super bowl and owns the packers in the playoffs becuase you hired a coach that doesn’t know how to use him? Really? Now the 9ers have to look again for a franchise QB……like they are easy to find.

  5. It doesn’t matter where he goes. Without a dominant defense he won’t succeed.
    His days of being great running the option are over. Sure Cam and Wilson can do it but he’s not in their league.

  6. The timing isn’t that curious. No one has the cap space that I think would want him. They have a bye after this week. I think this move is a desperate attempt by Tomsula to save his job and not get fired at the bye week. Which means he will be fired next Monday or Tuesday. The biggest difference between Gabbert and Kaepernick is that at one point Kaepernick played well as a pro. Same cannot be said for Gabbert.

    Unless someone who wants Kaepernick has a big salary to send back without accelerations that would put them over a trade seems impossible.

  7. I’m not a SF or Seahawks fan, but remember when there was a debate on who was better Kaep or Wilson? Kaep never developed into a real threat as a passer like Wilson. Both have terrible OL this year and no real WR threats, but Wilson can play through adversity unlike Kaep. Wilson is a starting NFL QB, Kaep is just paid like one. Kaep better figure it out soon or else he’ll be in the arena league in a few years. To a be a little fair, Kaep doesn’t have real NFL coaching staff helping him, but Kaep was already on the downhill just before Harbaugh left.

  8. Kap to Buffalo? Where’d you get this idea? Didn’t Roman already mess this guy up & that’s why he’s having troubles now? Wonder how long Roman will be in Buffalo anyway…

  9. this 49er fan is more a fan of the players than the management. Good luck Vernon and Kap, best of luck with your new teams, you will be better off.

  10. We saw this coming weeks ago. That FO leaks like a sieve. Not sure any team would want to inherit that monster contract. Most likely he’ll be cut so Dork can save $14mm in cash. It’s clearly not going towards the cap, because there’s no one on the team worth signing long-term.

  11. “Reporters” make me laugh. After weeks of calling for Kaepernick to be benched, when he finally is benched, these same “reporters” now have a problem with the timing of it all. What a bunch of clowns.

  12. The only thing curious about the timing is why they waited so long.

    I don’t think I’ve ever been more wrong about a player than I was about Kaepernick…

  13. I know everyone wants Kaep gone, but seriously is it really fair to put all this on him? This is York & Balkees monster, they are incompetent of running this team. Stupid decision after stupid decision have led to this. I’m not saying Kaep is our lone bright star or anything, but this is far from his fault. The coaching staff is ridiculous, it’s embarrassing. Is it also Kaeps fault that they can’t run, or play defence? I really think this is a bad move, getting rid of a qb that has as much talant as Kaep just because of an atrocious coaching staff feels a lot like they’re setting us up for a future of disappointment.

  14. They could get more by waiting to trade him in March, when a team like the Eagles could be in better position to offer more value for Kaepernick. By making a play for Kaepernick now, the Eagles would be disrupting the chemistry of a team that is only one-half game out of first place in the NFC East. By waiting until March, when quarterback Sam Bradford could be heading to free agency, it will be a much smoother transition.

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    Hell no. Are you Kaep’s agent? He’s the next Vince Young. Every running QB deserves another starting job just because he’s a running QB?

    Unless the running QB is an accurate passer who can see the field, just … no.

    Kaep was great when he was just the compliment to a great running game/ great defense. See Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson is in the same mold, except a little bit of a better passer.

    You make these guys the focal point of an offense and it all falls apart.

    The Eagles aren’t much better than the 49ers and if you switch divisions the Eagles are probably trying to unload Bradford and possibly Murray. Throwing money at a name isn’t always the right move.

  15. Trade? Who would want him? Seriously?

    Mostly, Kaepernick is hype. He didn’t take his team anywhere, his team took him places. Hopefully we never hear his name again.

  16. Florio you actually wrote this article? Have you watched Kaepernick play the last three weeks??? How can anyone in their right mind NOT bench him?!!! That should have happened three weeks ago. If Tomsula didn’t bench him he would look like a bigger dufus than he already is. I have been a big Kap fan but you could see his mental regression which started last year has gotten worse. This guy needs some serious sports psychologist to try and figure him out. Lastly, YOU ARE NOT HELPING HIM BY CONTINUING TO PLAY HIM!

  17. “The 49ers also could have more suitors in the offseason for Kaepernick, when more teams will be looking for competent quarterbacks in a league that doesn’t have nearly enough of them.”

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    Except Kaepernick and the phrase “competent QB” do not belong in the same sentence.

  18. Not really curious at all. They gave him half the season and have decided that he is not the answer, or the future. So why wait one more second to move on and try out somebody that may be the future. If anything, NFL teams wait too long to make these kind of moves.

  19. Why trade for him with that contract? Wait until he’s cut, any GM that trades for him should be fired immediately.

  20. Must be a lot of PFT trolls on here all everyone has heard is how “true 9er fans” never give up on there team….Yet you fools think Gabbert is the answer?..It’s time you fans get off the Kap band wagon and go after the real jerks….Your owner,gm and coaching staff…

  21. I still think Colin Kaepernick is better than people think. Obviously, his performance took a dive when his coach left.

    I mean, the kid made it to a superbowl in his rookie year didn’t he?

    Bucs fan here…if we didn’t have Winston, I’d take Colin Kaepernick. Still might in a backup role (for now).

    I would say trade Mike Glennon to the 49ers and a 3rd, but we don’t have a good track record when trading QBs to the 49ers.

  22. Or, if the Eagles traded for him now, they get an upgrade at backup QB, and an extra half season of Kaep on the bench learning Kelly’s (simple in concept, harder in execution) system, getting into the physical fitness programs, etc.

    Kaep got a little screwed by Romans and Harbaugh last year, and the whole team got screwed by Jed and Trent the last 2 years.

    But it still is pretty obvious that Kaep will never be a complex system QB. That actually makes him a potential perfect fit for Kelly, though, as he is a physically gifted passer and runner, who simply needs a simplified system and a power run game.

    Eagles would be ideal.

  23. I agree with this theory. Kap could be a good QB in the right system, but I don’t know about that salary cap hit, I think SF will have to cut him.

  24. The timing isn’t curious at all…the frustration level got to the point where changes needed to be made. Kap was mostly awful so far this season…not all his fault, playing behind arguably the worst OL in the league. Still, he was missing plays on the field…when you’re struggling, you can’t have that. Gabbert is very comfortable with the offense and has matured as a QB. He could be a breath of fresh air…absolutely no harm in giving him a shot.

  25. Has anybody seen the espn meme where they compare kapernicks n cams numbers ?
    Kap kicks his ass and is benched but the other is mvp candidate.
    Crazy crazy crazy

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