Colin Kaepernick To Opt Out Of Contract

No surprise here, but Colin Kaepernick will opt out of his contract this offseason, a league source tells Adam Schefter. Kaepernick cannot formally opt out until March 2nd, but the decision has already been made. Colin Kaepernick (vertical)

The writing has been on the wall for Kaepernick ever since Kyle Shanahan was hired as the team’s next head coach. The Falcons offensive coordinator will look to install his own brand of offense in SF and the one-time face of the team is not a fit for that system. Instead of getting squeezed out by the team, Kaepernick will break free from his deal in time for the legal tampering period.

Kaepernick obviously has not set the world on fire in recent years with his play, but he could be a low-cost option for teams that are desperate under center. At the same time, there’s no question that his polarizing activism will ward off some clubs. In a league consumed by the fear of media distractions, Kaepernick stands as the biggest lightning rod out there. Even putting his politics aside, many will be skeptical of his ability to regain his 2012-2014 form.

Perhaps the best thing going for Kaepernick is a lack of attractive QB options in this year’s draft. Mitch Trubisky of UNC seems to be rated as the top QB in this class, but it seems like he would not be in the mix for a top pick if this were a stronger QB crop. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson are also thought to be in the top three, in some order. All three come with plenty of uncertainty.

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27 comments on “Colin Kaepernick To Opt Out Of Contract

  1. Random Thoughts...

    Johnny or Colin?!?! Decisions, decisions, decisions….. Trubisky it is!!!

  2. sufferfortribe

    Cue up the “Kaperdink to Cleveland” stories in 3….2….1…..

  3. OCTraveler

    Kapernick to the CFL would be a better option – new country, new league, new start

  4. Armaday

    Jets new OC Morton had coached Krapernick in the QBs two best seasons. Being a Jets fan, I’m hoping Morton isn’t pulling to sign him, but the handwriting may be on the wall!

  5. Thronson5

    I think he either goes to the Jets or the Brown. Denver may be an option since they wanted to trade for him but I feel like the Browns and Jets will be the most aggressive. Hue has always loved Kaep and the Jets hired Morton as their OC and he was his QB coach so those two teams make sense. The Brown can use their two first round picks on other needs if they sign him. I can’t be any happier he is leaving the team so we can finally move on from that headache.

  6. Rick Davis

    I don’t care where he goes, as long as he is not a 49er. Glad he is going, going, gone.

      • Rick

        It is not about his kneeling or whatever that should keep NFL teams away, it is a athlete with no QB skills playing QB

  7. Chris

    He was actually pretty good last season with one of the all time worst supporting casts. I’d like to see what he can do when he has a team around him, like during their NFC Championship game appearance

    • Rick

      Chris he caught the league by surprise, even with a great team he is going to blow it in the clutch. He only sees one read and if they are covered it is disaster time.

    • Felton Suthon

      I watched the Saints – 49ers game. Kaepernick could not have been worse after the first drive of the second half. He missed easy throws. His two TDs that day were blown coverages by the Saints. He is terrible.

  8. Rick

    He is just a plain bad QB, can’t read a defense, can’t put touch on the ball, can’t throw accurately, he caught the league by surprise with his running and pistol offense. He is also just a bad person who is arrogant and doesn’t want to listen to anybody because he thinks he is smarter than them. Any team that picks him up must have rocks in their heads.


    Good! Just do it and nobody wants to hear about you again. Good luck finding anybody to pay you what you think you deserve.

  10. jmgara

    The man makes a bold statement about injustice in his country and HE’S the jerk, puke, etc.? Sad.

    • Keath

      He is a jerk. He purposefully (or ignorantly, you choose) wore a Fidel Castro shirt at a press conference in Miami. You know, the city with the single largest population of refugees from Castro’s regime, which imprisoned political opponents, tortured and killed masses of people, “reeducated” homosexuals, etc. He chose Miami to do this. Not New York. Not LA. Not Chicago. Miami. That’s what a jerk does. Akin to wearing a shirt with Osama bin Laden’s face on it to a NY press conference, honestly.

    • warpaint

      Because he’s being paid x million to be the quarterback of the 49ers not a civil rights activist. There’s a time and a place for everything and he picked the wrong time and place.

  11. warpaint

    I wish hed opt out of the country. Maybe find a country thats more suitable for his beliefs…

  12. J.M. Hall

    Could he be an option for the Bears? Especially if they don’t get a deal done for Jimmy G?

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