The San Francisco 49ers placed QB Colin Kaepernick on injured reserve, and the Denver Broncos could be a possible 2016 landing spot.
For the last couple of seasons, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been absolutely terrible. Unable to read defenses no longer effective with his legs, and generally unable to get the 49ers in contention in the NFC West.
The 49ers placed him on injured reserve on Saturday, essentially ending his career with the team. They replaced him with Blaine Gabbert, who came in and won them a game, and with his contract situation the way it is, it seems apparent that the Niners will simply move on before April 1st of next season, which raises questions about his future.
Kaepernick has been bad, but not bad enough not to get a second chance with another NFL team as a backup quarterback, which is where I think he has some intriguing value to the Broncos. I like to see the positives, so let’s take a look at some reasons why this wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Broncos.
1. There are plenty of options
This is going to be an intriguing offseason with plenty of signal callers available, and the Broncos will be able to be flexible in that market with plenty of cap space. If Kaepernick costs too much money, you simply say, “No thanks.” and move on.
You don’t have to restrict yourself to this option, but at least be aware that it is one.
2. Kaepernick is an interesting fit in Denver
In addition to his mobility and arm strength, Kaepernick has had success in the NFL with some simpler offensive concepts. I’m not saying the Gary Kubiak offense is an easy one to run, but it’s definitely friendly for quarterbacks, especially those who excel at making plays with their legs.
3. Low risk, high reward?
As bad as he has played and now with his injury issue, the only thing that can drive the value of Kaepernick up is a battle for his services. I’m sure — because QBs are at such a premium — that will likely be the case, thus eliminating the Broncos from contention, but let’s speak realistically here; what are you really giving up for Colin Kaepernick if you’re an NFL general manager?
Are you willing to cough up more than $6 million per year? $5 million? $4 million?
I can’t imagine his value is anywhere north of $6 million per year, which might seem like a lot but for a quarterback, it’s really not that bad. The risk might yet outweigh the reward in that case.
Why I don’t like this (hypothetical) move
I think Colin Kaepernick is horrible. I don’t think he has a fire for the game required to play quarterback in the NFL. I don’t think he’s a great leader and thus, if I was John Elway, I would check on the price if/when he’s released, and more than likely, I would be ready to move on to other options.