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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
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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Jets "have not and are not interested" in Colin Kaepernick.
The NY Daily News reported Tuesday that Kaepernick wants to play for the Jets. Although La Canfora reports the feeling isn't mutual, he does note new 49ers coach Chip Kelly "has done nothing to build a relationship" with Kaepernick, and a trade "remains very likely." Per La Canfora, Kap "has wanted out" "for quite some time," and a divorce is "impending." Kaepernick is 28 years old and has accounted for 67 career touchdowns. Even with his lofty contract, we suspect the 49ers could net a second-day draft pick if they get serious about shopping him. Feb 3 - 8:16 PM

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The New York Daily News reports Colin Kaepernick "wants out of San Francisco," and that the Jets are his "preferred destination."

Per reporter Manish Mehta, the Jets are "intrigued," but remain in the "early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation." The whole thing is a bit out of left field, but Mehta is a reliable reporter. It seems highly unlikely to happen. The Jets are focused on retaining Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led Gang Green to within a whisker of the playoffs this season. Kap has a complicated contract, albeit one that makes it easy for the team to move on. If Kap were to be traded under his current deal, he comes with a $13.9 million 2016 price tag between salary and bonuses, and $15.8 million cap charge. If Kap were serious about getting moved, he'd almost certainly have to agree to a revised contract.
Feb 2 - 7:02 PM

49ers owner Jed York said 2016 will mark a "fresh start" for Colin Kaepernick under new coach Chip Kelly.

"Everybody wants to make a big issue of, 'Well, you need to make a decision on Colin.' Etcetera, etcetera," York said. "We want Colin to get back healthy as soon as possible. We want to make sure that he's able to take the field whenever he's available. ... I've always had a very, very high opinion of Kap. Kap's a great kid, he's done a lot of great things for us. And again, this is a fresh start for everybody." The 49ers have a ton of cap room heading into the offseason and don't seem to be in a rush to get Kaepernick out of town. The "fresh start" may be best for Kap.
Jan 29 - 10:01 AM

New 49ers coach Chip Kelly was non-committal about Colin Kaepernick as the team's starter next season.

"Obviously, Kap is an extremely talented football player, and you need to have a good quarterback to win, but I was also impressed in the film that I watch in terms of how Blaine [Gabbert] played this year also," Kelly said. "So I think both of those players made this an attractive situation." If Kelly was trying to be vague about his starting situation, he could not have done a better job. It is hard to imagine Kaepernick not being the starter if he is still on the roster next season, but his spot on the roster remains a big if.
Jan 21 - 12:27 PM

The Mercury News' Cam Inman reports the 49ers did not inform Colin Kaepernick about their decision to hire Chip Kelly as head coach.

Neither Kelly nor the organization has reached out to Kaepernick, and Inman reports the quarterback is "unsure whether Kelly sees him in the 49ers’ future." Kelly's hire has been widely lauded as a good move for Kaepernick, but that is only if he is viewed as the starter. The 49ers have until April 1 to decide on Kaepernick's status for 2016. There is still a long way to go in this saga.
Jan 16 - 12:07 PM

CSN Bay Area reports new 49ers coach Chip Kelly will have final say on his quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are both under contract for 2016. It's believed Kelly viewed Kaepernick's presence as a big plus when taking the job, but he'll likely promote competition even if Kap is "his guy," especially since Kap could miss a big chunk of the offseason as he recovers from various surgeries. Although Kelly spent most of his time in Philadelphia without a running quarterback and supposedly views "repetitive accuracy" as a QB's most important trait, we have a hard time believing he'll be making his 2016 plans with anyone other than Kap in mind.
Jan 14 - 4:31 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports new 49ers coach Chip Kelly is excited to work with Colin Kaepernick.

Per Rapsheet, Kelly was "trying to figure out how to trade for/sign" Kaepernick as he "plotted potential moves and his next NFL stop." It would suggest Kap has a major leg up on Blaine Gabbert in their looming quarterback battle. Kelly operated largely without dual-threat quarterbacks in Philadelphia, but all of his college success came with QBs who could also run. Kap has rare running ability for a signal caller. His career could be in for a major revival under Kelly.
Jan 14 - 2:40 PM

The Sacramento Bee considers the Browns "a possible destination" for Colin Kaepernick.

New Browns coach Hue Jackson loved Kaepernick coming out of college, and Jackson's 2011 Raiders "strongly considered" trading up for Kaepernick in that year's draft. Jackson had Kaepernick rated higher than Cam Newton as a quarterback prospect. The 49ers have said Kaepernick's San Francisco future will be determined by their next head coach. Kaepernick is owed a $13.9 million base salary, in addition to $2.4 million in roster and workout bonuses.
Jan 13 - 8:56 PM

Colin Kaepernick underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday.

He's now recovering from THREE surgeries within a two-month span. Kaepernick had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder in November, and visited a specialist in Colorado on Wednesday to have torn ligaments in his right (throwing) thumb repaired in addition to the knee scope. The knee scope and thumb should heal within a month or two, but the shoulder surgery was slapped with a 4-6 month recovery timetable.
Jan 7 - 12:25 PM

Colin Kaepernick will undergo surgery on his right (throwing) thumb on Wednesday, and be sidelined for three months.

It means Kaepernick is now recovery from two operations after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in November. That procedure left Kap with a 4-6 month timeline. The twin injuries complicate matters in San Francisco, adding nuance as the sides negotiate whether or not he'll be back for 2016. The quarterback situation is dire league wide, but the 49ers may decide to move on as they go about rebuilding their hollowed-out roster.
Jan 4 - 2:51 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco said it is "difficult to come up with a scenario" which keeps Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, IR) with the 49ers for another season.

The 49ers are reportedly open to bringing Kaepernick back, but likely not at the almost $13.5 million he is owed in salary and bonuses. The reality is the 49ers might not have much of a choice but to keep Kaepernick. His 2016 salary is already guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed on April 1. If he cannot pass a physical by then, San Francisco will be on the hook for the guaranteed money. Kaepernick underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum late in November.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 01:03:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 49ers met with Colin Kaepernick last week and are open to bringing him back.

Kaepernick imploded before eventually losing his starting job to Blaine Gabbert in Week 9. It's possible that his struggles were related to a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 4. If Kaepernick can't pass a physical by April, his salary for next season will be guaranteed. Given his recent shoulder operation, that seems like a very real possibility.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Colin Kaepernick (injured reserve) underwent left shoulder surgery Tuesday, and will be sidelined 4-6 months.

The operation was to repair a torn labrum. His tear was reportedly "extensive." It can be a tricky recovery, but Kap is lucky the issue is to his non-throwing shoulder. GM Trent Baalke has claimed Kap could be back with the team next season, but he's as good as gone. Teams will line up to give Kap a second chance despite his dismal 2015.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 01:29:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke would not rule out Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, IR) returning next season.

"I wouldn't say that at all," Baalke said. "People are reading into that. But for me, where we stand right now, I wouldn't read into that." Baalke can say whatever he likes, but the reality is the 49ers are not going to pay Kaepernick $14.3 million in salary and bonuses next season unless forced to by injury. It would be a shock if Kaepernick is still on the roster come April.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 09:54:00 AM

The 49ers will continue to explore trades for Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapsheet said Kaepernick has "more than likely played his last down in San Francisco." At least three teams asked about Kaepernick at the trade deadline but none of them could take on his salary midseason. According to Rapoport, Kaepernick would "welcome a fresh start." Kaepernick is set for season-ending shoulder surgery and expects a 4-to-6 month recovery.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 10:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Dylan Thompson
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Kendall Gaskins
3Mike Davis
4Jarryd Hayne
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Mike Davis
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Kendall Gaskins
FB1Bruce Miller
WR11Torrey Smith
2Bruce Ellington
3DeAndrew White
4DiAndre Campbell
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jerome Simpson
3Dres Anderson
4Eric Rogers
WR31Bruce Ellington
TE1Vance McDonald
2Blake Bell
3Je'Ron Hamm
4Brian Leonhardt
LT1Joe Staley
2Colin Kelly
LG1Ian Silberman
2Brandon Thomas
C1Daniel Kilgore
2Marcus Martin
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Jordan Devey
RT1Trent Brown
2Erik Pears
K1Corey Acosta