The trade talk about Colin Kaepernick going to the Denver Broncos is dead, for now. According to the latest NFL rumors, the San Francisco 49ers may trade Kaepernick before May 17, 2016.
But why before that date? NBC Sports reports that the 2016 Organized Team Activities is set to start on May 17. It makes sense for the 49ers to trade Kaepernick before that date because he might get hurt during the OTA which would make him harder to trade with his $11.9 million guaranteed salary.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, the 28-year-old quarterback is still a month away before he gets cleared for football-related activities. Kaepernick is currently rehabbing several injuries and has not suffered any setbacks.
As mentioned in a previous report, Kaepernick is currently rehabbing in Vail, Colorado. He underwent three surgeries to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and another one to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
However, the latest NFL rumors suggest that the Broncos may have moved on from Kaepernick. In a report by Mindi Bach of CSN Bay Area, the Denver front office asked “Kap” to take a pay cut of about $7 million this season and $7 million in 2017 in order for the trade to go through.
The Broncos have salary cap issues this season that’s why it was easy for them to let Brock Osweiler sign a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans. The current Super Bowl champions only have two quarterbacks on their roster, the recently acquired Mark Sanchez and sophomore Trevor Siemian.
They also have the option to select a quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft, despite having the last pick of the first round. The Broncos could still draft Paxton Lynch from the Memphis Tigers and Connor Cook from the Michigan State Spartans, per the latest NFL mock draft.
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