Colin Kaepernick wants no part of Chip Kelly and whatever he has brewing for the 49ers. In fact, the quarterback is done with the west coast altogether. Kaepernick doesn’t want to play for the 49ers and he’s eyeing up New York City. Well, actually New Jersey…
The New York Daily News is reporting that the running quarterback wants to play for the New York Jets.
The outlet reports.
The Jets, aware of Kaepernick’s desire to play for them, are intrigued, but still in the early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation, according to sources. They’re also deathly afraid of tampering.
Kaepernick spent half of his season with the 49ers on the bench after losing his starting position to Blaine Gabbert, who experienced a breakout season.
Jets have publicly supported Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter for the 2016 season. It’s unlikely that Kaepernick wants to continue to be the No 2. guy. It’s more unlikely that the Jets would allow him to be the second choice on his salary. In 2014, Kaepernick signed a contract extension for $114 million. There are still five years left on the deal.
Fitzpatrick is yet to re-sign. Reps for the free agent are expected to meet with the Jets to discuss an extension in the near future.
Kaepernick’s base salary of $11.9 million becomes guaranteed on April 1. The 49ers will have to cut or trade him to avoid paying out.
San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York left the door open for Kaepernick to return at the end of the season but didn’t give him the nod to start.
“I’m not going to decide who the starting quarterback is. That’s our coach, and then the staff,” York said. “We’ve all seen what Colin can do. 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.”