Struggling quarterback Colin Kaepernick might be staying in the Bay Area after all. According to the latest NFL rumors, the San Francisco 49ers and new head coach Chip Kelly are keen on keeping the 28-year-old QB.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that the 49ers will not be trading Kaepernick unless they will be “blown away” by an offer. San Francisco has until Friday, April 1 before his 2016 salary becomes guaranteed.
They will keep him… Unless they are blown away, of course https://t.co/OLf5XKNnpv
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2016
According to NBC Sports, Kaepernick will have an $11.9 million base salary for next season with a $1.125 million roster bonus. That salary is too much for someone who will likely be the backup quarterback. With his struggles last season, Kaepernick was benched in favor Blaine Gabbert.
There are also some NFL rumors saying that the 49ers may draft a quarterback with their seventh overall selection this coming April 28. He was also linked with the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and New York Jets during this offseason.
In a report by Geoffrey C. Arnold of Oregon Live, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and owner Jed York will be observing how Kaepernick will play under Chip Kelly. The 52-year-old coach revealed that he has talked to “Kap” this offseason.
“I did make him understand that just because there is a business side doesn’t mean we don’t want him here. I really would love to work with him, and I think he understands that,” Kelly said. He also mentioned injuries as the main cause of Kaepernick’s struggles.
“I think the biggest misconception that people don’t realize with Kap is just injuries. It’s not like his skill set diminished. He was legitimately injured. That’s where when people look at where he fell off. He didn’t fall off. Let’s get him healthy,” he added.
Kaepernick is currently rehabbing his multiple injuries in Vail, Colorado. He underwent three surgeries including one to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and one to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, per CSN Bay Area.
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