The San Francisco 49ers are losing their winning touch and fans think it is time for a change in the starting position. Rumors are swirling that the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick are nearing a new deal and that Kaepernick may reclaim his starting role against the Buffalo Bills.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that both parties are close to an agreement that would “alleviate concerns about injury guarantees.” Rapoport added that the new contract will be a shorter deal and eliminates guarantees in 2017. Aside from that, the new deal also cuts off the last three years to his original contract.
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Kaepernick signed a six-year contract worth $114 million with the 49ers. If they reconstruct the current contract, it voids his salary from 2018 to 2020. This could be a breakthrough as the 49ers are looking to set aside Blaine Gabbert after his disappointing performance in their 33-21 loss to the Cardinals.
If both parties agree on the new deal, speculation is that Kaepernick would step in for Gabbert with Christian Ponder as his backup. The 49ers hope that Kaepernick would be able to regain his A-game after suffering injuries and undergoing surgeries. They will never get to answer those until they would not see Kaepernick taking the snaps on the field.
With the new deal, the 49ers are assuring themselves that if another career-ending injury happens to Kaepernick that they would not owe him anything. Thus, Kaepernick would be risking everything if he agrees to his reconstructed contract.
The fans called for Kaepernick after the loss to the Cardinals and Chip Kelly has yet to make his decision. Kaepernick says he is ready to play and the new deal might be the key that will unleash him to play.
Clearly, Gabbert is not the answer to the woes of the 49ers, who are 1-4 in the NFC West. Kaepernick has proven time and again that he could lead them and that comes when they face the Bills in Week 6.
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