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Report: Colin Kaepernick Wants out of the 49ers

When Chip Kelly was the coach of the Eagles, the one thing many thought he was lacking was a mobile quarterback. Michael Vick was the closest thing Chip ever had to a mobile quarterback, with Mark Sanchez in a distant second place. Landing with the San Francisco 49ers after being fired from the Eagles, many also thought Chip’s offense in the NFL would finally show itself to be the strength it had been hyped up to be.

As it turns out, Chip might not even have his mobile quarterback this time around, either. Where can he turn? Where will he turn? Can he turn anywhere at this point?

Per a report from the New York Daily News, Colin Kaepernick wants out from the 49ers and wants to go to the Jets. Should this happen, Chip Kelly would be left with Blaine Gabbert, pretty much assuring the 49ers would have to sign another first string quarterback, just in case. It almost seems like a lose-lose for Chip. Here’s what the report from the NYDN says:

The Daily News has learned that embattled 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco after a forgettable 2015 that included on-field struggles that resulted in a benching midway through the season and a coaching change after it. The Jets are his preferred destination, according to sources.
 
The Jets, aware of Kaepernick’s desire to play for them, are intrigued, but in the early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation, according to sources. They’re also deathly afraid of any perception of tampering (see: Darrelle Revis situation, circa 2015).
 
New San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly didn’t exactly give Kaepernick a ringing endorsement last month after the dual-threat quarterback went 2-6 as a starter under train-wreck Jim Tomsula in the first year of the post Jim Harbaugh era. Owner Jed York declared last week that there’s “no question” in his mind that Kaepernick can re-gain his job as the starter.
 
“I’ve always had a very, very high opinion of Kap,” York said. “Kap’s a great kid. He’s done a lot of great things for us. Again, this is a fresh start for everybody.”
 
Kelly’s read-option offense appears ideal for the athletic Kaepernick’s skill set, but the quarterback wants to take his talents elsewhere. Kaepernick, who had left shoulder surgery in November and right thumb and left knee surgeries last month, is rehabbing with his own trainers in Colorado rather than at the team facility, according to sources familiar with the situation.
 
Although Kaepernick wants to play for the Jets, he still has five years remaining on a blockbuster $114 million extension signed in 2014 that includes escape hatches for his current employer. The 49ers must make a decision to trade or cut Kaepernick before April 1 when his 2016 base salary of $11.9 million becomes guaranteed. San Francisco would save $8.5 million by releasing Kaepernick, who is scheduled to have a $15.9 million cap charge this season.

I kind of feel bad for Chip at this point. It seems like the guy just can’t win on or off the field.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Huge Mitchie Tools Fan

    02/02/2016 at 6:43 PM

    Chip will be 3-13 next year

  2. SF 49ERS

    02/02/2016 at 7:14 PM

    Kaepernick troubles seems to stem before Chip got there I don’t think chip is tipping the Kaepernick ship in any direction this is probably a front office issue

  3. Kyle Scott (Post Author)

    02/02/2016 at 10:09 PM

    It doesn’t matter. With Chip’s innovation, and ability to cut big name plays and then replace them with CFL-level former Oregon Ducks, the 49ers will likely vault past the Seahawks and Cardinals into first place in the AFC West.

    #Culture Wins on Kelly Drive!
    We are from Philadelphia and we Fight!

  4. feudi pandola

    02/03/2016 at 6:25 AM

    Why would anyone feel sorry for Chip Kelly? He’s an arrogant, overblown, out of his element college coach who has no clue how to deal with a 53 man roster. He still runs teams like there’s a 100 men out there so he can do plug and play – problem is he has only half of the players he needs for this style of fast break football.

  5. Fat Lever

    02/03/2016 at 12:07 PM

    Remember when Jaws said Kap could become the GOAT? Yea, and he’s the guy who helped narrow our coaching search. He seems like a great guy, but maybe not the best talent evaluator.

  6. Colin

    02/03/2016 at 3:12 PM

    Screw chipper. He’ll get everything he deserves!

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