Since losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFC Championship Game, San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has seemingly free fallen off the cliffs of relevance. In 2015, Kaepernick failed to reach the postseason for the second consecutive season and had his least productive season as the team’s starter before his season ended due to a left shoulder injury.
The once dynamic and game-changing mobile quarterback out of Nevada has not only turned into a big-time bust for San Fran, but has also become a big distraction off the field due to his contract disputes, trade demands, and unwillingness to play for new head coach Chip Kelly. On Monday, multiple reports stated that a deal that would have sent Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos fell through because Kaepernick was unwilling to take a pay cut. The news comes just two weeks after it was reported that another deal to get Kaepernick out of town fell through with the Cleveland Browns due to the fact that, despite Kaepernick’s request for a trade to Cleveland, he was unwilling to take a pay cut or restructure his contract with the Browns.
It’s pretty hard to understand the logic of Colin Kaepernick and his representatives right now as he has stated that he DOES NOT WANT to be a member of the San Francisco 49ers anymore. Why? Well, that it’s hard to understand. One would think that a player with Kaepernick’s attributes and offensive abilities would drool at the thought of playing in a Chip Kelly-run offense, especially with Kaepernick’s exceptional scrambling ability. But, apparently Colin Kaepernick has had enough of the Bay Area and wants out. The only problem is that he is under contract with the 49ers until 2020 (6 years, $144,000,000). What Colin Kaepernick needs to understand is that he has absolutely no leverage here. He is coming off of his worst season as a pro and shoulder surgery, which are not exactly two things that an NFL team is yearning to add on to their roster. Kaepernick’s contract is a salary cap grenade, especially for a guy that has struggled in recent years such as he has. Kaepernick needs to understand that absolutely no NFL teams are going to be willing to pick up that contract.
If Kaepernick didn’t stink up the joint in 2015, didn’t get injured, and was due to be a free agent at the end of this season, then he absolutely would have some leverage to gain over the 49ers by demanding a trade and making it known that he wants to play elsewhere. But right now, Colin Kaepernick has and has done none of that, and is being paid way above his performance grade. Kap should be jumping at the opportunity to play for a coach who’s offense fits his style of play like Chip Kelly.
It truly is amazing how bonkers the Colin Kaepernick situation has gotten and if a deal to get rid of him hasn’t gotten already gotten done with two teams who need a quarterback in the Browns and Broncos, it really is hard to see Kaepernick getting dealt at all. Kaepernick’s contract, attitude, unwillingness to take a pay cut, and his performance over the last two seasons make him a very unflattering trade target, but not according to Colin Kaepernick’s delusional mindset that he is an elite NFL quarterback.