Kaepernick to the Reigning Champs?
Colin Kaepernick, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been with the team since 2011. In his first three years, Kaepernick led his team to seven playoff wins, two National Football Conference championships, and a Super Bowl in 2012. Then in the 2014 season, reports of the locker room being split surfaced and 49ers head coach, at the time, Jim Harbaugh, left the team. The team fell apart in 2015, and Kaepernick was benched halfway through the season under the new head coach, Jim Tomsula.
Fast-forward to the 2016 offseason, and Kaepernick is now in trade talks with the Denver Broncos. This is a surprising move for both sides, considering the 49ers just hired Chip Kelly, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, to lead the team. Many think Kaepernick would fit well with Kelly’s style of offense, and not so well in the Broncos pass-happy offensive style.
The word is that Kaepernick has the decision to choose the deal with the Broncos or to stay with the 49ers, but he will have to decide soon. The offseason trade deadline is later this month, April 22, and the 49ers have started team workouts this week. With the Broncos as the reigning Super Bowl champions, there is no doubt that they have a better, overall team, but Kaepernick would have to take a heavy $5 million pay cut due to salary cap issues the team is dealing with this offseason if he does decide to go there.
Looking to utilize and show off his talent, Kaepernick will have to make the decision between a better team with less money in Denver, and staying with his team in a rebuilding phase in San Francisco. Regardless of the decision made, it will surely complement the already built up 2016 National Football League offseason adding trades to the tumultuous mix of draft picks and rule changes.
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