Colin Kaepernick Likely To Opt Out After 2016

Under the terms of his restructured contract, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the option of opting out following the 2016 campaign. And as sources tell Jason La Canfora of, Kaepernick “fully plans to exercise” that right and hit the free agent market next spring.Colin Kaepernick

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Kaepernick’s new deal wiped out the remaining four years of his contract, and San Francisco is allow barred from using the franchise tag on its quarterback in 2017. The revised contract put to bed any concerns the club may have had about Kaepernick’s injury guarantees kicking in, and perhaps allowed the 49ers to feel comfortable starting Kaepernick over Blaine Gabbert. In today’s loss to the Bills, Kaepernick 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown, and added 66 yards on the ground.

Despite Kaepernick’s struggles, he’d be one of the more attractive free agent options on next year’s market, as the 2017 quarterback class is wholly uninspiring. Aside from Kirk Cousins, other available signal-callers while include Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Mike Glennon. Of course, veterans such as Jay Cutler or Tony Romo could also hit the market if released in the coming months.

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7 comments on “Colin Kaepernick Likely To Opt Out After 2016

  1. Thronson5

    I will put money on it that he signs a new deal next year. Cleveland and Chicago instantly comes to mind.

  2. SD Speak For Myself

    Let the punkass go bag groceries. His Muslim fiancée lives in NYC…Jets? Hopefully johnson family are Patriots and won’t sign him.

  3. rycm131

    If he doesn’t want to be part of a dynasty that’s his right as an American.


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