It may not be only the Rams who are heading to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. Speculation has run wild for months that Colin Kaepernick‘s time with the San Francisco 49ers was over, and it still may be. Word has it that there aren’t a lot of suitors who can actually take him and his contract on, but two NFL teams are possible landing spots for him as the L.A. Rams and New York Jets may be a perfect match.
For the 2016 season, Colin Kaepernick’s base salary is that of $11.9 million and that causes a lot of issues with him possibly moving elsewhere. Sure, there is the possibility of a trade, but the money issues is a big problem. Cutting him would be easier, and that would still cost the 49ers a pretty penny, but it may be worth it if he’s not going to be used.
Even with the arrival of Chip Kelly as head coach in San Francisco, it doesn’t appear as if Kaepernick has a place there anymore. At this point, Blaine Gabbert is going into the season as the starting quarterback for the 49ers.
ESPN’s John Clayton (NFL expert) was on 95.7 The Game and spoke about what could happen with Kaepernick in San Francisco. That was when Clayton said that if Kaepernick ends up being cut by the 49ers, he’s going to land with the Rams in Los Angeles.
“If he’s cut, he’s going down to the Rams. That could be a pretty good, impactful type move. Because here you have Todd Gurley, probably the best young running back in football and you put Kaepernick out there, teams on defense have to play linebackers at the edge and that could add, I don’t know, 10 to 15 percent on the yardage totals for Todd Gurley because it’s going to open up the middle.”
Having him land in the NFC West is not ideal at all because the 49ers would want to get him out of their division. Clayton continues on to say that they could just hold onto Kaepernick and force him to either sit on the bench or retire since he’s under contract to them.
If the 49ers do everything in their power to move Colin Kaepernick out of the NFC West, then they could look for a trade partner. As The Big Lead reported, the New York Jets were hoping to have Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2016, but they could be without a quarterback at all.
This is a surprise: #Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to hit the free agent market, sources say. Sides are far apart on a potential deal
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2016
With no deal even close to being in place, for the to-be-34-year-old Fitzpatrick this year, the Jets are not going to dare go back to Geno Smith. With a decent crop of wide receivers, they want someone that can actually mold with them and get use out of their talents.
This could be where Kaepernick comes into play.
The New York Jets need something big to happen in free agency, especially if they lose Ryan Fitzpatrick. Things were made worse late on Tuesday as ESPN reported that running back Chris Ivory will be leaving town and heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That move will be made official after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday when the new NFL year begins.
Colin Kaepernick‘s time with the San Francisco 49ers is done, and that’s true even if he is still with the team for the 2016 season. For his own career’s sake, he needs to get out of there, and it looks as if the Los Angeles Rams or New York Jets are going to be the best possible spots for him.
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