The NFL trade rumors are starting to heat up as the 2016 NFL season schedule rolls along. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas are just a couple of the big names that are being floated around the rumor mill. Kaepernick has been a tale of two quarterbacks over the past few years, however he could be a great pick up for a team looking for a solid backup quarterback.
According to a Sportsrageous report, the San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick have agreed to restructure his contract, making it a bit easier to trade him. If this is true, dealing the $100 million QB may become a lot more appealing to other NFL teams.
The newly restructured deal reportedly gives Kaepernick the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season. If this is true, you can be sure that Kaepernick will most likely be in a different uniform next season. The big question is where?
It seems that the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints top the list, but the only ones from that rumor mill that seem logical are the Rams or Browns. Odds are that Kaepernick could start for either of those teams right now, while the only way he would see the field in Seattle, Indianapolis or New Orleans is the proverbial end of game mop-up time.
Kaepernick has the tools to still light up the scoreboard in the NFL and he wants to be a starter. From a football point of view Kaepernick is worth the risk, and many teams have most likely inquired about him even with all the controversy surrounding him currently. The beauty of sports is that winning solves most problems. While he would most likely get booed at first, he would be cheered if he produced.
Other NFL trade rumors bouncing around involve Cleveland Browns’ Joe Thomas.
The Cleveland Browns star left-tackle is the subject of trade rumors seemingly every season, and for good reason. Thomas is a flat-out beast and he is one of the best in the business at his position. Unfortunately for him, he plays for the Cleveland Browns.
According to a NESN report, Thomas will likely remain with the Browns. Thomas will reportedly not request a trade out of Cleveland, a source told ESPN’s Pat McManamon.
If the Browns did have interest in dealing Thomas, there would be several teams interested in hearing what Cleveland wanted in return, possibly the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. As for now it looks like the former University of Wisconsin star and third overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft is staying in C-town. Thomas is currently in year 10 of his NFL career, yet he is still playing at a high level.
Finally, the Oakland Raiders rumors regarding their possible move to Las Vegas are not only heating up, but they seem to be a done deal. Well, sort of.
Owner Mark Davis is expected to be in Las Vegas on Monday, according to ProFootballRumors.com. Davis is expected to meet with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval about a bill green-lighting $750 million in public money for a $1.9 billion domed stadium to be constructed for the Raiders, officially stamping the approval to move the team from Oakland to Las Vegas. That isn’t good news for Raider Nation, who are passionate about their team.
As for now, Davis said he still plans to have the Raiders play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018.
The confusion and frustration for Raiders fans goes on. Stay tuned.
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