Kaepernick’s future clouded by potential 49ers changes, anthem protest

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The starting point for this one comes from a report that, given the performance of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in recent weeks, is fairly obvious: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Kaepernick will exercise his right to void his contract after the current season, but Kaepernick could indeed be back with the 49ers in 2017.

Even if/when Kaepernick voids the contract, the 49ers will still hold exclusive negotiating rights until the 2017 league year begins in March. Whether the 49ers will try to re-sign Kaepernick depends in large part on whether ownership presses the reset button.

The 49ers currently have lost 10 games in a row, and there’s a growing belief that G.M. Trent Baalke won’t be back. Would ownership also move on from coach Chip Kelly, or would the team set up an inherently awkward and dysfunctional arrangement in which a G.M. is hired but is prevented at least for a year from hiring his own coach?

If Baalke goes, the best approach could be to elevate assistant G.M. Tom Gamble and let Kelly and Gamble run the show. If that happens, Kelly may want to keep Kaepernick around.

The other question is whether any other team, owner, G.M., or coach will shy away from Kaepernick given his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Regardless of whether it should be a factor (it shouldn’t), the reality is that any team considering the addition of a veteran quarterback (and there likely will be plenty of them) will at least consider the impact of signing a signal-caller who may spark hundreds of angry callers to local sport-talk radio claiming that they will never attend or watch another game if Kaepernick becomes an employee of the team.

The easy part of this is coming to the conclusion that Kaepernick will be available to all 32 teams. The hard part is figuring out where he will land — especially with open questions about the future of the 49ers and the potential impediment arising from his position on non-football issues.

29 responses to “Kaepernick’s future clouded by potential 49ers changes, anthem protest

  1. Kelly wanted and stood by Kaepernick even though the media wrote a different narrative. Nothing has changed. Kelly and Kaepernick work well together. Kaepernick should opt out and get a better contract.
    Doubt G.M. Trent Baalke is going anywhere. Ballke, Gamble, and Kelly working together is a good start. The 49ers have lost too many players on defense and the offense suffered due to Kaepernick’s injuries. Really enjoy Kelly’s pressers especially when he explained the difference between zone read, zone read option and hand off. Or when he schooled the questioner that gap integrity is gap responsibility and the player isn’t responsible for both gaps.

  2. Kap has actually played fairly well this year, but he doesn’t have much to work it. No defense and nobody to throw the ball to. Curley is our number 1 wr!!! Hyde is always hurt

  3. Cue 800 people saying how much he sucks, though objectively he is no worse than about 60 other guys with jobs. Plenty of guys aren’t even average (ahem, Osweiler) when they get paid.

    That said, he’s probably not a good fit in a lot of places – both for on-field and off-field (or on-sideline) reasons.

  4. ” The other question is whether any other team, owner, G.M., or coach will shy away from Kaepernick given his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Regardless of whether it shold be a factor (it shouldn’t), ”

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    It absolutely is a factor because Kaepernicks anti-America non-stand stance and pro communist dictator opinions effect business.. but let’s just say at the end of the day football teams only care about winning games. All the garbage time stats in the world won’t gloss over Kaepernicks win/loss record for the past 2 years. So what is he recently?.. A consistently losing QB who’s alt-left political opinions divide a fan base.

  5. Hopefully he’s gone. Rumors and speculation will follow. He’ll bounce around the league like an unwanted toy in a child’s bedroom. His problem is that his skill set isn’t enough to overcome his combination of baggage.

  6. “The other question is whether any other team, owner, G.M., or coach will shy away from Kaepernick given his refusal to stand for the national anthem. ”

    There’s an easy enough fix for that. Include a clause in the contract saying he must stand for the anthem or he’ll lose his paycheck for the week. Let’s see how much he really believes in his protest when he loses a million or 3/4 of a million every week for doing so.

  7. “Doubt G.M. Trent Baalke is going anywhere. Ballke, Gamble, and Kelly working together is a good start”

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    No, you clearly have not been paying attention to Baalke’s draft performance and roster building over the past four years. He IS the problem and has to go before the ship can even begin heading in the right direction. I don’t mind the idea of Gamble as the new GM or Kelly as HC

  8. ehsguy72 says:
    Dec 4, 2016 10:55 AM
    “Doubt G.M. Trent Baalke is going anywhere. Ballke, Gamble, and Kelly working together is a good start”

    On January 2, 2017 (Black Monday in NFL jargon), Chip Kelly will be gone. The team will be in complete and utter upheaval. Change will be coming to the 49’ers. No one is safe.

  9. If I was an owner I would tell my team to leave there personal complaints and protests at home, and not on my job site which I own, not them. If they don’t like it, hit the road, because 99% plus players respect our flag, and what it stands for. Bill

  10. Doubt G.M. Trent Baalke is going anywhere. Ballke, Gamble, and Kelly working together is a good start.
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    Worst Head Coach in the league!

  11. The other question is whether any other team, owner, G.M., or coach will shy away from Kaepernick given his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Regardless of whether it shold be a factor (it shouldn’t),
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    It shouldn’t? Of course it should, and it is.

  12. Sure, many teams are looking for a veteran backup but why would they want Kaeperstink? He has regressed since Harbaugh left. Plus there’s injury questions and his weight loss. Then you have all the other baggage, like praising Fidel Castro and crapping on the flag. If he were a better player maybe he’d have interest from another team but I just don’t see it. I’d laugh if he opts out and SF decided they weren’t interested. Then he can go join a certain organization in the Middle East. Maybe that’s what he wants to do after all.

  13. If you’re kap why on earth would you opt out? Is he that delusional to where he thinks his current level of play will net him a better contract? No… if I’m kap I hold onto this contract for dear life. It’s likely his last decent paying contract he’ll receive. He’s not marketable… his mouth has shot that down…

  14. It’s too bad because the issue of his protest is a serious problem in this country… but he should have educated himself further on the subject and devised a plan/stance that would actually effect a change… but he’s not educated enough on the matter that he’s just made a spectacle of it. It’s really too bad

  15. If you listen to him speak.. I have a 4 year old who has a better grip on the English language than he does. Also a few pet rocks who are brighter

  16. All these fans calling chip the worst HC in the league are delusional or they really do not understand what is actually happening with their team. Example: you are hired at a tech company to design their websites and reinvigorate marketing… but the company gives you non English speaking farm working immigrants as your employees… how successful would you be? That is in essence what baalke and York have done for chip. Smh

  17. Florio, you’re wrong CK7 and all of the players acting out in their own unprofessional ways are wrong – The kneeling is and should be an issue and a big negative for that QB seeking employment, as his ideology is leftist; most teams will not want him, regardless of his play on the field – Mike Tomlin instructed his players to stand for the anthem. Jerry Jones took a harder stance. Stand or get cut, regardless of the caliber of player or coach.

    USA COMES FIRST!

  18. How can you continue to claim that the anthem protests aren’t a problem? Every survey about why ratings are down show that these ridiculous temper-tantrums are a huge part of why the numbers are down.

    Also, why would a team sign a qb who isn’t 100% focused on the game? Who signs a player, that is supposed to be the team leader, who knowingly creates big distractions for the team?

  19. genericcommenter says:
    Dec 4, 2016 9:50 AM
    Cue 800 people saying how much he sucks,

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    Ok, you dont want to hear that I get it. But after you posted that he got himself benched today because he had 5 sacks and fewer yards in the 3rd quarter. I’m sure teams are freeing up Kaep space for him already.

  20. How can anybody say with a straight face that his protest shouldn’t be a factor? It is a HUGE distraction. NFL teams hate distractions. When the 49ers played the Dolphins, what was 90% of the media coverage focused on…the game or his stupid Castro comments? When he played Chicago, was the media focused on the game, or his protest at Soldier Field which is dedicated to fallen veterans? Colin Kaepernick is a walking PR disaster. It absolutely should be a factor, because any team that signs him can rest assured that as long as he keeps protesting, the media hype will be focused on that and not football, they will be mocked, shunned, and all for what…a QB who hasn’t played well in years. It is beyond comprehension that some certain media types refuse to see that this has become a big problem for the NFL, and no…fans are not going to simply set aside their deeply held convictions to watch a little football.

  21. farfig says:
    Dec 4, 2016 9:52 AM

    We don’t want him here in Cleveland – and that’s saying something!

    Cleveland fans still go to games after the GM comes out and says they aren’t concerned about wins and losses. Where do they find two brain cells to rub together to form an opinion?

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