The Cleveland Browns are rumored to be nearing a deal for Colin Kaepernick, with league sources saying the Browns are close to working out the compensation needed to snag the San Francisco 49ers’ former starter.
Kaepernick reportedly wants to play for new Browns coach, Hue Jackson, and in Cleveland would have an undisputed hold on the starting role. Kaepernick has fallen out of favor in San Francisco, where he had a torrid start to his career that included two straight NFC Championship appearances — and one Super Bowl — in his first two years as full-time starter. Since then, Kaepernick struggled with inconsistency, eventually losing his starting job to Blaine Gabbert.
After the season, Kaepernick requested a trade out of San Francisco, and the Cleveland Browns are appearing a very likely destination, ESPN reported.
A reunion with Hue Jackson seems a likely possibility. Jackson was coaching the Oakland Raiders when Kaepernick was drafted in 2011 and reportedly wanted late owner Al Davis to trade up to take Kaepernick, ESPN reported.
“I think about it all the time, believe me,” Jackson told Sports Illustrated in 2013. “No question in my mind we wanted it to happen and no question I thought it could happen. We wanted the kid in the worst way.”
The Cleveland Browns are rumored to be offering a third-round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers, which the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. The report claimed that the 49ers had been looking for a second-round pick for Kaepernick, but would be open to Cleveland’s offer since their pick is the second one in the third round.