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Colin Kaepernick | Quarterback | #7

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (36) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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49ers coach Chip Kelly said he "would think" Colin Kaepernick will remain the starter after the bye.
Kaepernick has not been good, but the other options are going back to Blaine Gabbert or starting Christian Ponder. The 49ers are not going anywhere no matter who is at quarterback, so they might as well sit in neutral with Kaepernick running the show with the hope he magically figures it out. Oct 24 - 11:26 AM

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Colin Kaepernick completed 16-of-34 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown, and one interception and rushed nine times for 84 yards in the 49ers' Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.

He also fumbled twice -- losing one -- and took four sacks. Kap's rushing stats give him fantasy value, but he is one of the worst passers in the league and is essentially a chicken with his head cut off running around the field. He has also torpedoed the fantasy value of Jeremy Kerley. The 49ers go on their bye in Week 8. Kaepernick can be dropped in leagues where he was streamed.
Oct 23 - 7:47 PM

Colin Kaepernick's restructured contract includes a team-purchased $7.5 million injury insurance policy for 2017.

Kaepernick's original $14.5 million salary for 2017 was guaranteed for injury only, giving the 49ers strong disincentive to play him and risk injury. The compromise allows him to play while also guarding against something like a torn ACL or Achilles' tendon. This is widely expected to be Kap's final year in San Francisco.
Oct 18 - 4:21 PM

Colin Kaepernick will remain the 49ers' starting quarterback for Week 7.

"Good" is too strong of a word for Kaepernick's Week 6 performance, but "better than Blaine Gabbert" certainly applies. Kap has a less daunting Week 7 opponent in the Bucs, but still can't be considered more than a low-end QB2. Kap's passing mechanics and time management remain a mess. The key to any fantasy value will be his usage on the ground. He ran the rock eight times for 66 yards against the Bills.
Oct 17 - 3:08 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 13-of-29 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 45-16, Week 6 loss to the Bills, adding eight rushes for 66 yards on the ground.

Kap got off to a shaky start, overthrowing Torrey Smith on a would-be 59-yard touchdown on San Francisco's opening drive. He atoned for it two series later, finding Smith for a 53-yard score. Never known for his touch, Kap actually tried to use it on his TD, but underthrew Smith. Smith made a great adjustment and cutback to house the pass. All in all, it was the same Kap we got used to the past few years. He had to burn two timeouts because of time management issues, and wasn't exactly crisp with the ball. He was also a solid runner, however, knowing when to take off and slide. He'll definitely keep the starting job going forward. He'll be on the streaming radar against the Bucs' soft pass defense in Week 7.
Oct 16 - 4:25 PM

Colin Kaepernick has agreed to a restructured contract.

The contract has been rumored for days but didn't become official until Wednesday. His base salary for 2017 will be $14.5 million, though none of the money is guaranteed. Kaepernick can also void the deal after this season and become an unrestricted free agent. Now that he's been installed as the starter, Kaepernick will use the rest of this year as an audition for interested teams in 2017.
Oct 12 - 6:40 PM

USA Today reports Colin Kaepernick's restructured contract is expected to make him a free agent in March.

Coach Chip Kelly claimed Tuesday that Kap's elevation to starting status was purely football related, but the simple truth is it wouldn't have happened without a restructured deal. It's seemingly yet to be finalized, but will be happening. The 49ers will move out from under any 2017 guarantees — for injury or otherwise — while Kap gets some extra money tossed his way this season in the form of guaranteed bonuses. It's a win for both sides. Daily Slant: One big difference in the 49ers approach since Kap's last run is that they are now playing at a faster pace - they lead the league in pace, running a play every 24.5 seconds. Considering he's still priced near the bottom of the salary pool, Kaepernick is well worth a look as a high-upside GPP target.
Source: USA Today
Oct 11 - 3:47 PM

The 49ers have formally announced Colin Kaepernick as their Week 6 starter at quarterback.

Coach Chip Kelly only had one choice, and he made it. Kaepernick's play went off the rails before he was placed on injured reserve last season, but he's at least had success on an NFL field. The same cannot be said for Blaine Gabbert, who has been embarrassingly bad under center, offering zero threat as a passer and fancying himself a poor man's Alex Smith as a runner. In theory, Kap is a great fit for Kelly's offense, which was most successful in college employing dual-threat quarterbacks. Kelly has gotten away from his principles, however, and seemed increasingly overmatched as an NFL coach. Kap could fail just as badly as Gabbert, but the 49ers need to take the chance. Kap will be on the QB2 borderline for this week's visit to Buffalo to face the resurgent Bills.
Oct 11 - 1:33 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the 49ers are expected to guarantee Colin Kaepernick's remaining per-week roster bonuses as part of Kaepernick's restructured deal.

It's widely believed one of the reasons Kap has been riding the bench is that his 2017 contract is guaranteed for injury only. The Niners didn't want to risk Kap getting hurt and getting stuck with his 2017 $16.5 million salary. A restructure makes sense for both sides. Kap wouldn't have seen next year's money without a new deal. Now he should at least get to play. Coach Chip Kelly has yet to officially announce Kap as his Week 6 starter, but it seems likely.
Oct 10 - 1:48 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said the team is looking at every option at quarterback.

Kelly might not have said it, but this almost confirms the 49ers will make a quarterback change this week. Colin Kaepernick looked broken last season, but the 49ers might as well see what they have in him after watching Blaine Gabbert face plant for five weeks. It would not be surprising if Christian Ponder made starts this season as well.
Oct 10 - 11:19 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Colin Kaepernick will be the 49ers' starting quarterback in Week 6 at Buffalo.

Bleacher Report seems to be a tea-leaving outlet when it comes to NFL reporting, but this is certainly the way the leaves are blowing. The 49ers are working on a new two-year contract with Kaepernick that removes the injury guarantees from his deal, which suggests he will be on the field very soon. Kaepernick has reportedly been outplayed by Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder in practice, so the 49ers are apparently hoping he is more of a "gamer" than practice quarterback. He won't be worth streamer consideration against a so-far rejuvenated Bills defense at The Ralph. Forward thinkers may want to pick up Buffalo's fantasy D/ST ahead of Week 6.
Oct 7 - 4:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick are "closing in on" a restructured contract that would alleviate the concerns regarding the injury guarantees in Kaepernick's current deal.

This is a sure sign coach Chip Kelly is considering a quarterback change. The 49ers have pointed to Kaepernick's slimmed-down physical condition and poor practice habits as the reasoning for him not playing, but the reality is they can't put him on the field with a boat-load of money tied up in injury guarantees, meaning if Kaepernick were to get hurt playing, the 49ers would be on the hook.
Oct 7 - 3:54 PM

Speaking after Thursday's loss to the Cardinals, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said he would consider a quarterback change.

Specifically, Kelly said the coaching staff would "take a look at everything" over the 49ers' long weekend. Blaine Gabbert has been a predictable disaster under center, but Colin Kaepernick was a broken player in 2015. Kelly insists Gabbert has out-played Kap in practice, which is probably true. But Kap has at least had on-field success in his career, something mega-bust Gabbert cannot claim. We wouldn't be surprised if Kelly pulls the trigger on a change for Week 6 against Buffalo.
Oct 7 - 12:21 AM

Colin Kaepernick finally admitted that his loss of weight has become an issue.

The 49ers haven't said how much Kaepernick weighs, but they admit he's not at his listed 225 pounds. And probably isn't close to it. Kap became a vegan last season, and his weight noticeably started to tumble. He has a plan to gain it back: "Eat food. And a lot of it." His fragile build is likely contributing to coach Chip Kelly not putting Kaepernick on the field. "To get the full Kap for what you need -- the potential that he has," Kelly said, "he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things." Kelly has long been big on physical stature.
Sep 28 - 10:17 AM

Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports the 49ers are sticking with Blaine Gabbert in part because he is better in practice than Colin Kaepernick.

Coach Chip Kelly insinuated Kaepernick could be given a shot to start when he is "100 percent." He was almost certainly talking about health, but Kaepernick could also still be behind with the playbook after sitting out most of the offseason. Neither of these quarterbacks is the answer, but the 49ers should at least give Kap a shot before the end of the season.
Sep 27 - 9:24 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
3Keshawn Martin
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
3Rod Streater
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
4Je'Ron Hamm
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson