Kaepernick’s future is still in question after visiting John Elway this past Thursday, the 49ers’ quarterback has created a tug of war scenario between Denver and San Francisco with his interest in the Broncos.
While both teams are in desperate need for a starting quarterback, the Broncos and 49ers are still deciding who will pay Kaepernick’s $11.9 million 2016 salary. Last year the quarterback signed an outstanding six-year $114,000,000 contract, so if Denver and San Francisco need to both agree on reconstructing the quarterbacks’ contract in order to successively make a deal.
The teams have not been close to making any progress on an agreement, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
After signing his monster contract, Kaepernick struggles last season with the 49er’s last season had shocked the 49ers’ front office and the dual threat quarterback quickly fell out of favor with San Francisco’s front office as he was benched behind Blaine Gabbert for the remaining half of the season.
Since his staring season began in 2013, Kaepernick recorded his career low of just six touchdowns, 1,615 yds. and a low total quarterback rating of 47.1 in his struggles last year. Kaepernick has to prove to the NFL that he is still the same explosive dual- threat attack he was just three years ago.
With Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s huge free agent deal with Houston, Broncos are looking to find their starter for the 2016-2017 season.
Kaepernick seems to be the perfect candidate for Broncos’ quarterback scenario.
Denver’s reputation for having for tall-sized quarterbacks who can oversee coverage and be an effective pocket passer, Kaepernick’s dual-threat abilities will be a great addition to the recipe. Broncos are used to lengthy quarterbacks who can throw in the pocket but aren’t able to run; Kaepernick’s versatility creates great interest for the team.
The $4.9 million gap in Kaepernick’s deal certainly gets more interesting as the 2016 offseason workout programs begin today for the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49ers according to NFL.com. With San Francisco refusing to pay the rest of the quarterback’s 2016 salary, the stare down between 49ers and Broncos continue.
While it is normal for most quarterback’s to do offseason workouts, it is a different situation for Kaepernick as he is still in the midst of trade with Denver,. After seeing today that Kaepernick ensues to make a pay cut to help the deal commence, the 49ers quarterback seems to be staying put for now.
Today, as the off season work outs begin, Kaepernick’s highly anticipated appearance – wether it was the luxury of collecting a large bonus of $400,000 or not – was the best thing for 49ers fans. With Chip Kelly’s intentions of keeping the highly sought quarterback in San Francisco, the head coach can aggressively campaign Kaepernick in his system.
While many people believe he dual-threat attack will be a perfect fit for Kelly’s regime, there are still many people doubting the overall scenario. To be fair for Kaepernick supporters, he did reach the Super Bowl in his first starting season with 49ers and made it to the NFC championship the following year. Kaepernick’s short legacy is actually comparable at least half of the quarterbacks in the league, even with his recent struggles.
With most of us having the same consensus that winning the Super Bowl is tough, it will be interesting to see if 49ers will pressure their quarterback to actually win the big game.