Sporting News- Colin Kaepernick might be looking to get out of San Francisco after all.The quarterback's agents have reportedly asked the 49ers for permission to seek trading options, NFL.com reported Thursday.
The news comes after 49ers general manager Terry Baalke said earlier this week that Kaepernick would "absolutely" be with the team next season. New coach Chip Kelly backed up Baalke's assessment, saying Kaepernick "wants to be" with the 49ers.
If Kaepernick stays with the 49ers after April 1, he's guaranteed his full $11.9 million base salary. If he stays for the entire 2016 season and hits several milestones, he would be slated for $16 million in base and bonus salary.
Kaepernick is coming off his worst NFL season. He was benched midway though the year in favor of backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert after he threw six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight starts. Gabbert took over for the remainder of 2015.
Does Colin Kaepernick have a family or friends? Does he have a confidant? Someone get this dude a life coach. I would say that he needs his very own Mr. Miyagi, but when you're an athletic quarterback that can't throw well then Chip Kelly is the closest thing to your Mr. Miyagi. I don't know too much about sports management, but I do know that if Colin Kaepernick's agents think it's a good idea to demand a trade then Colin Kaepernick would be better off getting represented by Don King. The San Francisco 49er's with Chip Kelly at the helm isn't just the best possible situation for Colin Kaepernick, it's the best possible situation that any subpar quarterback with throwing issues could possibly dream of. What's more surprising, the fact that Colin Kaepernick actually played in a Super Bowl or the fact that he wants to get traded away from quite possibly the only team he would start for? I legitimately think it's a toss up. When your only competition is the dude that sucked his way out of Jacksonville and you want out then you clearly can't be trusted to make your own decisions. I get that there are probably some hard feelings within the organization, and that he thinks he could benefit from a fresh start. What I don't think he understands is that any new destination would expect him to throw a football accurately, and well..if the last few seasons are any indication, that's just not something that's going to happen...