Colin Kaepernick Opts Out Of 49ers Deal

Colin Kaepernick has officially opted out of his contract with the 49ers, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN (Twitter link). Kaepernick hired new representation – agents Jeff Nalley and Sean Kiernan of the Select Sports Group – and they informed all 32 teams in the league of his decision earlier this week.Colin Kaepernick

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Kaepernick reached out to new general manager John Lynch right after he was hired and met with him and new head coach Kyle Shanahan in late February. The talk, apparently, did not give Kaepernick the sense that he would be the team’s starting quarterback in 2017. While Kaepernick had the option of staying or leaving, the 49ers have been widely connected to other QBs and it’s quite possible they would have released him anyway to avoid a $14.9MM cap charge.

No. 7 will now join a free agent class that includes quarterbacks like Mike Glennon, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, and Brian Hoyer. We could see more additions in the coming days, of course, like Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Tyrod Taylor.

Ian Rapoport of first reported that Kaepernick would opt out. Photo courtesy of USA Toaday Sports Images.

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57 comments on “Colin Kaepernick Opts Out Of 49ers Deal

  1. Wow! I see this as a very poor decision on Kaepernick’s part. Who is going to want this guy? Not only is his talent level/ability to win in question, but he has turned himself into a highly controversial figure. I would think a lot of teams will have plenty of reason not to add him to their roster. He probably should’ve been content with the near $15 mil he had coming

    • JT19

      There was no guarantee he’d even get paid that $15 million since it was unguaranteed and the 49ers were likely to cut him. This at least gives him a head start to gauge his market, even if it is non-existant or very small, rather than waiting for the 49ers to “evaluate him” and then cut him.

      • Nick Smith

        Gauge his market? I can tell you right now, there is no market for this guy. He was replaced and beat out by BLAINE GABBERT!!! Nuff said!

        • hashtag

          wow how are you not a gm. you’re thoughts are just so well researched and thought out. I bow to you

        • JT19

          And then Blaine Gabbert proceeded to lose his spot to Kaepernick. So your point is?

          • wrigleyhawkeye

            Point is SF was starting two QB’s who would be no better than a #2 on 30 other NFL teams and probably #3’s on 20 .

    • ChiSoxCity

      Cry baby? Protesting the murder of unarmed black men in the street is crying to you? What happened to this country?

      • wrigleyhawkeye

        If you think he wasn’t standing for the national anthem because of that then I have some ocean front property in Oklahoma to sell you. He was trying to put SF in a poor position. Keep him as a backup and pay him like a top starting QB or cut him and make them look bad for cutting a guy “fighting the goof fight for black people”

        • yoyo137

          SF kept him and reinstalled him as the starter, Chip Kelly went out and said he supports Kaep’s right to protest, when did he put them in a poor position?? Torrey Smith and other teammates came out and supported him, caused other players on other teams to kneel for the anthem, he donated $1 million to charity and in every interview elaborated on his views on the inequality, but he was only doing it for himself right? When he himself opted out of his contract? He did all that for attention and not to get cut, and then he went out and opted out of the contract? Sure, it was all to not get cut!!

          • Connorsoxfan

            Yup. It was. Maybe you should take him up on the Oklahoma oceanfront.

  2. …meanwhile in San Francisco, 49er fans and front office execs have been seen dancing in the streets

    • Jackie

      Ah man, NY rumor,he will become a NYJet. Have informed my BF we will skip the Jets games if he plays. He used BP for his own personal agenda . How can you start a movement such as he did and just quit. I smell a tall yellow Rat.

    • ChiSoxCity

      The 49ers execs have consistently shown extremely poor judgement since their Super Bowl appearance. I don’t know how any thinking person would give them credit for anything. They basically dismantled one the most dominant teams in the NFL. I’m waiting for this farce to come full circle when Harbaugh takes over the Bears in a few years.

  3. json-api

    Haha, the 49ers just improved, what a joke this guy is. He must be small minded to think he’s going to get more than what he had.

    • JT19

      I don’t think he thinks he’s going to get more, he probably knows the 49ers were going to cut him at some point if he opted in. This gives him a head start to check out his market, even if there is none or its very small, instead of waiting for the 49ers to cut him when the only spots open might be a backup QB spot.

  4. gmflores27

    Screw trump and Hillary but I hare people like him who disrespect the flag and this country

    • JT19

      I can see when/how he disrespected the country, but when did he disrespect the flag? I’m not saying he didn’t, just wondering what you thought he did to disrespect the flag.

      • not stand for it….. millions have pain the ultimate price to put us here today.

          • straight to the race card, nice. Richard Sherman put it best, BLM didn’t care when his friend died from gang violence, only when it fit their narrative.

          • BayAreaSportsFan

            No, they haven’t. The vast majority of slaves in America were Irish and Chinese. Also, the selective breeding that occurred during slavery is why black people in America dominate professional sports.

            • yoyo137

              You’re a horrible person if you think the fact that black people should be thankful that their race was selectively killed and breeded for those who could do the most physical SLAVE labor because now they are good at sports. Like seriously people will do anything to not acknowledge the fact that black people were enslaved and lynched daily in America, and that mass incarceration and police brutality every day continues this violent treatment of black people. “Oh you’re good at sports because of it so be thankful” learn some respect because you sound like you’re excusing slavery.

              • Phattey

                Lol they should be looking at police brutality as a whole not just how it affects black people , black people are given all the same opportunities now as everyone else but we’re still going to here how they’re not feeling equal because they want to be given the most opportunities because at one point they were slaves hundreds of years ago

            • JT19

              The vast majority of “slaves” were Irish and Chinese after Black Slavery had ended. And even those “slaves” had more rights than Blacks (and by the way, they weren’t actually slaves as that was forbidden after the Emancipation Proclamation, they were just immigrant workers who had little rights and worked poor paying jobs). I’m saying this as a Chinese-American citizen, and while people of Chinese origin had it bad during the early-to-mid 1900s, it hardly compares to what Blacks went through for roughly 200 plus years in America. The worst thing that the Chinese immigrants of the 1900s were subjected to were that they couldn’t become American citizens and/or quotas were established that limited the amount allowed into the U.S. for about 20-30 years (from like the 1920s-1950s or so, forgot the exact years). Please read up on some history before making some absurd claim.

        • Corry Gott

          How many of you stand at home when they play the national anthem or just keep on talking? Is that not disrespectful. How many of you flip people off is that not disrespectful. I am a vet and we fought for the rights of all Americans to have a say not for a dictatorship to demand we stand for our anthem. This is NOT Nazi Germany. What is disrespectful to this country is people not being allowed to use the freedoms we have fought so hard for. Keep your FREEDOMS by using them.

          • its the presence of the flag you stand for not the song being played. Its respect for an ideal.

          • Corry to compare him sitting for the anthem to someone at home shows you do not understand what you claim you fought for

      • Connorsoxfan

        I promise, it’s only half the country. Hey, out of curiosity, are we gonna lock up Mike Pence too? Sorry guys, the only half decent Pro-Trump argument was thrown out the window. Now all that’s left is “I’m a racist.”

  5. InvalidUserID

    His whole social justice thing was a ploy to get in people’s mouths. Before he “cared”, he had lost his job to Gabbert and nobody cared about him. But to his credit, it worked. Never has such a mediocre QB had the national spotlight for being an idiot.

    • Nick Smith

      I agree 100%.. He decided to make a spectacle of himself after he had fallen out of the limelight due to his poor play on the field. Now he has made money off of his twitter account thanks to disrespecting our country. I am not saying that some of the things he mentioned weren’t true and don’t need to be addressed by people today, but when he was playing decent and starting he stood proudly for the anthem and made no waves. After being replaced by BLAINE GABBERT and being relegated to the bench, then he has a problem with the way things are???

      • No, the media made a spectacle of it, because they knew it would generate debate and interest. That’s why there are so many people here commenting about the decision of a backup quarterback – the media did their job and hooked all these people in.


    Well the niners are still going to suck if they don’t fix the defense that gave up 30 points a game, a o line that gave up 47 sacks, wrs who can stay healthy and dominate. Baalke destroyed Kap and the team. He opted out so that he can resign a lesser deal. Y’all people are a trip but when you go 1-16 next year who will you blame then

  7. ChiSoxCity

    I guess that’s what happens when you stand up to fascists in Trump’s Amerika.

    • Birdman1182

      Fairly certain he refused to stand while your Bro Obama was in office and never played under the Trump administration. good call though. Thanks for playing, please try again

      • yoyo137

        He was standing up to fascism in Obama’s America, where cops killed unarmed black men seemingly every week. And now there are people in charge of the government who are only going to carry out that same hatred towards minorities. Thanks for playing but someone making a minor mistake in a comment isn’t good enough reason to disregard the struggles of fighting fascism in America.

        • Polish Hammer

          He wasn’t taking any stand. He was pouting on the bench and on the verge of being released when this cause got behind him, not him behind it.

    • dust44

      Go kneel in Canada big guy… Seriously there were discussions a couple years ago about who was better him or Russell Wilson? Once everyone got the book on him he disappeared like codine infront of Jamarcus Russell

  8. Polish Hammer

    I just hope now that he expects somebody to step up and sign him they all take a knee…

  9. JoeFlaccoMontana

    He will get much less. Financially, this was a very stupid move by him. He’s nowhere close to the player he was when he signed that deal. It was actually dumb for him to sign that team friendly deal anyways.

  10. racheljohnson111

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