Report: 49ers, Broncos have Kaepernick trade parameters in place

AP

The 49ers and Broncos have the parameters in place for a Colin Kaepernick trade, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday, but Kapernick needs to agree to a pay cut for a deal to be completed.

Schefter also reported that if a deal is finalized, the Broncos would then trade a mid-round pick to the 49ers.

The Broncos have been in the quarterback market since losing Brock Osweiler to the Texans on the first day of free agency, but due to salary cap issues they want Kaepernick to take a pay cut. There’s no guarantee that Kaepernick will accept a new deal at a lower number; his 2016 salary of $11.9 million became fully guaranteed on April 1.

Kaepernick and Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway met last Thursday for the second time, a meeting that presumably was about Kaepernick agreeing to a pay cut to facilitate the trade.

101 responses to “Report: 49ers, Broncos have Kaepernick trade parameters in place

  1. Making it more likely Niners will want to call SD about jumping Dallas for whoever remains between Wentz and Goff (though Lynch does fit the offense better than Goff but Goff is in general the higher rated prospect)

  2. At the start of the 15 season you could have never convinced me there was even a remote possibility that kaep would be a bronco. Holy crap

  3. Word is he doesn’t like what the Broncos are offering but the phone hasn’t exactly been ringing off the wall. If Kap wants out of San Fran he won’t do better than this.

  4. Sanchez and Kaepernick. Two championship caliber QBs when they were on half way decent teams. Do ya think John Elway knows a little bit about QBs? Those who bet against Elway lost.

  5. He better accept a pay cut with Denver. Guarantee yourself a playoff run, or you can rot in San Francisco and ride the pine from whomever SF drafts this year.

  6. Kap is being played. He was an outstanding QB who had to deal with an owner/coach pissing contest in which he was blamed for the giant ego-fest……crazy……he’s a pistol QB who had the offense changed to completely undercut his style and then was blamed for failing and benched for …….Blaine Gabbert????? I can’t believe what I’m typing….

  7. Fail. Denver will run an offense that won’t bring out his skill set. Read the interview from Shanahan this week. It explains it all…

  8. HA! The 49ers could have had a low 3rd (practically a second it’s so low) from the Browns – but they let it slip through their fingers. Now they’d take a high 3rd that’s practically a 4th it’s so high – just like the 9ers front office.

  9. EITHER of them… would play better than Peyton did last season.

    Both can run and will be no less accurate than Peyton.

    As hard as it is for some comics here to swallow… this is a ‘performance’ upgrade on both counts.

  10. Kaep might be better off taking a paycut because I doubt if he has any other options than to stay in SF and be benched. I can’t believe Kelly will have him running his offense.

    I originally believed he shouldn’t accept a paycut but a chance to go to Denver may be worth it. They won’t need him to win games–only not to lose them. He might be able to do that. Maybe they could come to some agreement that he could make up whatever salary he is asked to give up by putting some performance bonuses in the contract language.

    Short of that, I wonder if SF would be wiling to make up the difference to end this soap opera.

  11. So Kaepernick a QB who has led teams to Championship games, Super Bowls and won more road playoff games than any QB in 49ers history is gonna get paid less than the Broncos would have given Brock Osweiler?? And Kap is a better fit for Kubiak’s system than Brock….This league is a trip.

  12. It’s not Kaepernicks fault or problem if the Broncos can’t pay him his guaranteed money. I think he’s a fool to take a pay cut. he shouldn’t have to meet the broncos halfway. If they really want him, then they’ll take care of whatever business they have to to pay him. He hasn’t been all that great, but he’s earned his guaranteed money. I wouldn’t give it up.

  13. I don’t think Kaepernick is the worst QB around but he did reach a point where he suddenly started believing the hyperbolic press and as always happens, things began to deteriorate quickly.

    If anyone is going to set him right, it will be Elway and the Broncos. They dumped Tebow at the height of his mania and were prepared to cut Manning if he didn’t retire. They’ll dump him, too, if he doesn’t change his ways.

  14. Broncos have a super bowl caliber team and can’t even afford to pay for a qb. How many people see a lot of problems coming very very soon?

  15. Kap an outstanding QB? Hahaha outstanding QB’s can make their reads and hit routine passes consistently.

  16. Rumor has it the broncos are offering $6 mill above the table and $7 mill below the table. Big John showed him the briefcases of cash

  17. This is a no brainer to me. His resume is better than the all of the other free agent QBs combined.

    Yes, he “regressed” in 2014 (a season in which he had a 60% completion percentage with 19 tds and 10 ints), and 2015 was a total loss, but you can’t take away the fact he has started 57 games, including two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick (UFA seeking $15M plus per season) has had plenty of bad seasons. Kirk Cousins ($19.9M) despite his strong finish in 2015, has had as many bad games as good games in his career. Brock Osweiler’s ($37M guaranteed) entire career consists of 7 mediocre starts and a benching.

    But Kaepernick ($11.9M) is NOT a better option than those three?

  18. Hey, I lived in Denver back in the early ’80s. Take the pay cut and move on. You’ll end up being a hero in Denver as the defense carries you like it did when SF had that Top-3 defense.

    And because people are, generally speaking, to dumb to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel, that adulation will turn into a ton of endorsements. You’ll make up all that money and more.

  19. If I was him, I would not negotiate any money for this season. I’d rather sit on the 49ers bench and make $12 million than play for half that amount.

  20. Is Nick Foles next? Sanchez was Chip’s QB last year, and Kaep was supposed to be this year. Kind of a steal for them, as Kubiak got decent play from Schaub. Would think this pays off if he is healthy.

  21. Soooo many questions. Why would Denver want this guy? Why would they want him over Osweiler? How will Kap fare in a pot state? Does this mean Sanchez goes back to Cali with Chip?

  22. Kaepernick will ultimately take a restructured contract with an extension and signing bonus that will give him his 11.5M but keep his cap numbers way down for 2016. In addition, the SF 9rs’ will pay about 3M of his salary, so Denver does not have any real cap consequences except for the cash outlay which gets prorated over 3 or so years…….. Win/Win/Win for everyone.

  23. But all the Santa Clara fans flip flopped and said Kaep will flourish in Chips offense. What are they gonna say now? Ha ha ha

  24. Let me say Colin, we (The Raider Nation) couldn’t be happier to get to see you 2 times a year! Get the deal done Horse face! YESSSSSSS!

  25. Kap or Sanchez should do well in this offense. Enough geography, time to get back to Broncos football. And we still could see Trevor show up big. Nice to have options. The draft will be interesting now. Might mostly go offensive line.

  26. This will get worked out, and he fits the stretch system very well. Like I said with the Cleveland rumors earlier, Kaepernick has proven that he fits with a team that has a great defense and if you can keep his contract manageable, that can keep more resources there. This also explains why Elway has been so relaxed. He has known this deal would get done, and as I speculated when Osweiler left, they wanted him to because they wanted to move onto a better fit for them. Now, a month later after the outrage over letting average Osweiler leave has died down, this can be easier to do PR wise and always made more sense football wise, especially if you could get Kaepernick at a reasonable price to keep the defense stacked.

  27. If you are kapernick, and you have a sense you may not be a good qb, why would you give up a dime? So you can take less next year and get cut the year after. That isn’t his problem, it’s the Broncos.

  28. Based on talent, teams would be lining up for Kaepernick, it’s the way he handles his affairs that makes them reluctant to take much of a chance.

  29. Don’t take LESS money! Broncos want you make them pay you will NEVER get that money back

  30. From Kaps point of view, why take a pay cut?
    This is his last big payday, why reduce it?

    If he has it in him to be a Tier 2 QB, then he can do so in SF.

  31. Not a Kaep fan, but why should he take a pay cut now? He has 12 million assured or he has his freedom and can choose where he wants to play.

    Personally I don’t think he will have a hard time getting a team to give him $6 mil. This deal ties him up for a pittance and weakens the team he is going to by costing draft stock.

    He has the leverage here, no sense giving it away unless you are totally in love with Denver. And even then, just sign with them if/when you get cut.

  32. raiderrob21 says:

    Let me say Colin, we (The Raider Nation) couldn’t be happier to get to see you 2 times a year! Get the deal done Horse face! YESSSSSSS!
    _______________________________

    No worries miss- Kaep and the overwhelming Denver D will enjoy laying the smack down on the continuing irrelevant Raiders.

  33. The Raiders amazing offseason continues.. The 49ers lose the only QB that really fit Chip Kelly’s system and the Broncos get Kap. LMAO. If you thought Elway was impatient with Tebow. Kaepernick wont last past week 8. Elway likes his QB’s to play a certain way. Kap aint it. Not even close.

  34. Apr 2, 2016 7:06 PM
    Hey, I lived in Denver back in the early ’80s. Take the pay cut and move on. You’ll end up being a hero in Denver as the defense carries you like it did when SF had that Top-3 defense.

    And because people are, generally speaking, to dumb to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel, that adulation will turn into a ton of endorsements. You’ll make up all that money and more. if the instructions were written on the heel, that adulation will turn into a ton of endorsements. You’ll make up all that money and more.

    “to dumb to pour”..oh, the irony

  35. OMG!!! The Chip Kelly-Colin Kaepernick marriage was the most erroneously predicted pairing this off-season!!!

    Thank god we’re close to the end.

  36. Not an Elway fan but I have to give it to him as a GM, Kaep is an upgrade over Osweiler and cheaper….wow this is steal…..changing coaches last yr brings him a SB, picking up Manning over Tebow and stealing Ware from the cowboys…..if he keeps this up he will be making another trip to the HOF this time with the front office….have to say Bronco fan you’re in good hands….

  37. I feel like he would make more money in the long run with Denver. Yes you would take a pay cut to go to Denver but if you play above average you could work out a new deal. He is going to get more chances with that D stopping everything. Plus, he is going to look better than what they had last year.

    However, if he stays in San Fran he gets the guaranteed money this year but most likely get cut next year, assuming Kelly drafts a QB this year. Now you won’t get nearly the same deal and you’ll play for a team that’s not nearly as good as Denver

  38. Everyone is saying it. Why agree to a pay cut when you can ride the bench for $12 million or be cut and negotiate your own future?

  39. This trade is a win win. Kaep has been broken by the seahawks and his own organization. He needs to switch conferences and be with a great defense to really excel. Meanwhile the broncos are about 4 months away from butt fumble and a practice squad qb being their qbs. Should get done and I hope Kaep can get back on track for his own sake he just looks like he gave up. Just look at the guy he’s a pretty boy looking like moses

  40. Don’t count out any QB with Kubiak and Elway in the building. I don’t think Kubiak gets enough credit for getting thelevel of play out of a worn-out veteran and mid-level inexperienced young player. Not to mention managing the Manning injury situation. Plus, remember who coached Matt Schaub to his best seasons? That alone should qualify him for HOF consideration!

  41. Neither Wentz or Goff will make it so n the NFL, also I would never draft a QB from a small school. Kap can’t make it in the NFL. It looks like the Next nets hopes rest with Gabbert.

  42. Maybe I’m missing something here. The Broncos have Sanchez, who is alright and I wouldn’t mind if they had to make the starting qb. He could basically do what Manning/OZ did last year and they are paying Sanchez 5mill a year. So why are they going after Kap and basically paying him the same amount? They might as well wait for the draft and go after Lynch Goff or Cook and save money.

  43. The parameters are in place. Compensation will be somewhere between a high first and late seventh round draft pick. Kap’s contract will be somewhere between his current deal and veteran minimum wage.

  44. Ahaha!!! He won’t take a penny less. The 49ers are a complete train wreck.

  45. Colorado top income tax rate is 4.63% vs California 13.3%, so that is $1mill extra just in saved taxes. Add to lower costs in Denver, he can afford a pay cut without even noticing it.

    May as well go to Denver with a shot of winning, look what Broncos system made Osweiler. Kaep could become relevant, or at least make some money, which certainly isn’t going to happy in San Fran.

  46. As a Niner fan, I’m totally unsure WHAT I think of all this. Now it seems obvious that Baalke will HAVE to use the first pick on a QB (its the only move that would make since at this juncture) – and with that move, there goes our only chance to get THE one kid in the draft that would have helped the most – Buckner. Oh well.

  47. If Kaep goes to Denver we’ll know the Donkeys are back to their “pay under the table” ways again. The salary cap is just a suggestion to this franchise…

  48. charlsong1 says:
    Apr 2, 2016 7:07 PM
    If I was him, I would not negotiate any money for this season. I’d rather sit on the 49ers bench and make $12 million than play for half that amount.
    ===

    That’s why he is where he is and you are where you are. You would never be in a position to make that sort of decision because you have no competitive drive and have never gotten close to a position where anyone would pay you millions to do anything.

  49. Kao throws 4 pics ( 2 of them 6es) , gets blown out by Az. Russell Wilson throws 4 pics, then throws OT winning td in NFC title game! That’s the difference. I’m gonna love seeing all these Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and now kap jerseys floating around here in Northern California.

  50. I love living in Denver and especially as a non-donkeys fan to listen to the news and the radio talk about but fumble and I will steal a teammates girl like they’re the best in the league. I Love it #Delusional

  51. For the people talking about his contract, do you see his contract now? Say whatever you want about Kaepernick, but he told his agents to do that deal to be team friendly, the 49ers didn’t bamboozle him. He’d just be going to a team that isn’t run by incompetent people that let their HC and half the team leave or retire with that team-first mentality now. So what’s the problem if you hate when the Russell Wilsons of the world ask (correctly I might ad) for $25 mil a year? This guy is doing what you want all of the other players to do and has been consistent about being that way.

  52. So, basically the same sort of deal people have been talking about for weeks? A 4 or 5 plus Kaepernick has to cut like 5 million off his contract. The pick will probably be conditional.

    The most odd thing is I would think an elite guy like kaepernick would command a number 1 and a new contract that would make him the highest paid player in the history of the NFL. I mean, he single handedly took the 9ers to some championship games and a super bowl they would have won if Kaepernick would have had some help from the rest of the scrubs. I am being sarcastic, but that s how all the Kaepernick worshippers sound when you talk about a guy who was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Think about that.

  53. The only way Kap will do this is if there is more guaranteed money in the deal. If he takes a paycut with no higher guaranteed, then he’s an idiot. He will get at least what the broncos will give him next year if he is cut after the season. Possibly he rebounds and his stock goes up next year.

  54. This is good for my Ravens. Any teams wanting Goff will have to jump the 49ers at 7 and Ozzie is ALWAYS looking to trade back. Eagles, Rams, Jets are all potential candidates.

  55. As a life long Seahawks fan I’m gonna miss kaperchoke. Loved seeing him and harbaugh acting like babies before, during and after games. Gonna be two decades before the niners win another championship. Don’t worry the last two decades flew by. Nobody has it better? It must have flown by if you really believed that.

  56. Jim Jones cool-aid looks better than this for Kaep. Keep the guaranteed money fool. You will be in the dumpster in a minute with and injury or change in direction. Unless they match the $$ stay put, it’s on them to make it work. They don’t have your best interests in mind. Cash money homey.

  57. Kap should not take a pay cut to come to Denver. The weather out here sucks…there was a freakin blizzard about a 1 1/2 weeks ago. He would be smart to stay in sunny California and not take that pay cut.

  58. He should have been cut the moment he wore another NFL’s team hat…

  59. therealraider says:
    Apr 2, 2016 7:49 PM
    The Raiders amazing offseason continues.. The 49ers lose the only QB that really fit Chip Kelly’s system and the Broncos get Kap. LMAO. If you thought Elway was impatient with Tebow. Kaepernick wont last past week 8. Elway likes his QB’s to play a certain way. Kap aint it. Not even close

    Heheharharhar. Kubiak coaches the World Champion Denver Broncos. Every year, before play, raiders fans come out yappin’. “We almost beat The World Champion Denver Broncos” they say. “We got Carr and Mack, what ya’ll got?”. Then, they whimper off, recharge their ankle bracelets and whine “We’re offseason champs again”. Please.

  60. polegojim says:
    Apr 2, 2016 6:41 PM
    EITHER of them… would play better than Peyton did last season.

    Both can run and will be no less accurate than Peyton.

    As hard as it is for some comics here to swallow… this is a ‘performance’ upgrade on both counts.

    ———————

    Until either Kaepernick or Sanchez scores twice as many TDs as Brady like Manning did in the AFCC game, they will not be better. That’s the standard in Denver right now, those fans expect their QB to outplay Brady in big games. I would say both Osweiler and Manning outplayed Brady in 2015.

  61. Kaep, will be a one year rental in Denver while they shop in the draft for a long term solution at the QB position. Paxton Lynch would be a fine draft choice for the Broncos. He could hold the clipboard a year. In 2017 they trade Kaep’s cheap contract to the Cleveland Browns who will once again be looking for a QB and recover whatever draft pick they give to the Niners.

  62. Q: Why would Kaep take less $ now?

    A: Well, if he believes he has no future earning power in the NFL, yeah sure he should take as much as he can get now. On the other hand, if he believes he has a future as a starting QB somewhere in the league (obviously not SF), then the only way he’s getting that other gig is to give up *some*, but not crazy amounts.

    I’m betting the niner’s pay part of it, and the broncos let him earn much of it back in year #1 through incentives. Kap would be a fool not to play ball if that’s what it takes to get a starting gig with a championship Defense like the broncos in a place that actually wants him to boot!

  63. I don’t understand the logic of asking him to give up millions of dollars that are fully guaranteed. He has a contract saying that the Niners, or whomever holds his contract, have to give him $11.9M dollars.

    If the Broncos are asking him to reduce that number, they are essentially asking him to let go of a winning lotto ticket in exchange for the privilege of playing in Denver.

    If the bean counters can’t come up with a way to let Kaepernick keep all of his guaranteed money using smoke and mirrors (the usual loopholes in the salary cap), it’s sill for him to go to Denver.

  64. For everyone who is telling him to keep hi money and rot on the bench in SF…… If he goes on to have a successful career in Denver, he’ll be there for another 10 years, and he’ll get that money back. Life is not all about money… Change is a good thing. Go to Denver, win football games and the Denver fans will adore you!!

    Or make your money in SF and bow out of the league in 2 1/2 years and tell your old stories of how you used to be a good quarterback.

  65. Whoever says the 49ers should’ve traded him to the Browns, he wasn’t willing to take a paycut which was the reason why he wasn’t traded. The same with the situation right now, he still has to take a paycut to work the trade. It’s not a 4th rd pick because Broncos don’t have one to trade. It is likely a third or multiple picks like a mid rounder, like a 5th and a later rd pick or a pick in 2017. I think those private workouts with Goff must’ve made the 49ers think about trading Kaepernick, but I think it will go all the way to draft day.

  66. The deal will be that Kaepernick gets his entire salary, the Niners pay enough of his salary to get Denver under the cap, and then Denver gives up better draft picks to compensate for the salary sharing.

    Simple. Can you say Denver’s 3rd this year, and a sixth next year? Baalke loves extra picks. Denver doesn’t have a 4th this year, and a 5th is not enough.

  67. Howie Long says Kap will take less money to sign with Pats and will take even less money to sign with the Broncos.

  68. Welcome to America, where every idiot with a keyboard and high speed is a Expert Pro Football analyst.

  69. Don’t give up any money Kap. If they don’t want you for 11.9 as starting QB they don’t want you. Play for Chip.

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