San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York stated that he wanted to give Colin Kaepernick a fresh start, but the embattled quarterback wants nothing to do with a reconciliation and wishes to join the New York Jets to continue his once promising NFL career, according to Fox Sports.
After the San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomsula, who was only able to last a season as the head coach, they set out to find a new offensive-minded head coach that could be able to work with quarterbacks and groom them to become weapons. Colin Kaepernick was quite the weapon for the Niners back when Jim Harbaugh was around, so the hope was that Kelly would be able to revert him back to that type of impact player.
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke wanted to get rid of Colin Kaepernick at one point in time, especially since the team would not be responsible for his contract if he were gone by this year. Reports surfaced that Baalke changed his tone on Kaepernick once Chip Kelly was brought on board as the new head coach. Trent apparently wanted to salvage Colin and see if he can turn around his once sensational career.
Colin Kaepernick was pretty silent as the San Francisco 49ers searched for a new head coach. He didn’t say much when Chip Kelly was hired. The reason why he opted to remain in the shadows was because he was plotting his way out of town. The former Nevada Wolfpack star is now hoping that Trent Baalke gives him what he wants, so that he can see if he can catch on with the New York Jets.
Interestingly enough, the New York Jets are reportedly already aware of Colin Kaepernick’s interest in their team, which means that discussions with the San Francisco 49ers might soon be taking place. Kaepernick has a long term and favorable contract that can be extended, so the Jets might be interested in sending draft picks in exchange for the quarterback. If not, they can always wait until San Francisco releases him.
Ryan Fitzpatrick cannot be pleased with the revelation that Colin Kaepernick wants to join the New York Jets. He surprised many in the NFL by being the veteran quarterback that the Jets needed. The 33-year-old was hoping to cash in with New York now that he’s a free agent. However, the Jets now own a good amount of leverage against his agent because they know that Kaepernick would be a tremendous backup plan.
Colin Kaepernick is no stranger to playing with good receivers, as he had the fortune of playing with Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, and Torrey Smith during his stint with the San Francisco 49ers. If he manages to make his way to the New York Jets, then the 28-year-old Wisconsin native would be blessed with a great pair of wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
When the San Francisco 49ers had one of the best offensive line in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick thrived. While the New York Jets offensive line is not on the same level as the one anchored by Joe Staley, they are better than the rag tag group that the Niners trudged out this season. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are still pretty solid blockers, and Kaepernick is going to love playing behind them.
Colin Kaepernick had the luxury of being saved by one of the best defenses in the NFL back when the San Francisco 49ers were led by Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, and Justin Smith. Mistakes were usually wiped out for him. If he joined the New York Jets, then head coach Todd Bowles can at least promise him that his squad can do a lot of the same as well.
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