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