According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers have parameters of a deal in place that will send Colin Kaepernick to the Broncos…
According to a Saturday report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers have parameters of a trade in place for quarterback Colin Kaepernick…
The two sides probably have had compensation agreed upon for a while now. That’s why Kaepernick and John Elway have now met twice in the last few weeks. Mike Klis seems to think there is significant motivation on the part of Kaepernick to get the deal done by Sunday…
49ers beat writer Tim Kawakami had this to say on the issue Saturday, another sign that things could soon be happening…
“It’s this simple: Kaepernick has no faith in 49ers management, 49ers management has been trying to demean and diminish him for months, and Denver wants him.”
There will be plenty of time to discuss compensation for Kaepernick, but one thing appears certain — acquiring Kaepernick has the look of a long-term solution by the Broncos, something that some fans won’t be too keen on. Of course, the opportunity will still be there to draft a quarterback early, but if Kaepernick winds up in orange and blue like it appears he will, there’s no reason to think the Broncos would use a pick this year on the QB position, unless it’s in the later rounds.
The Broncos like Trevor Siemian a lot. They also have Mark Sanchez for a year, at least. Acquiring Kaepernick would give them their trio of quarterbacks for the 2016 season with the opportunity for another guy to come in and compete with Siemian or a practice squad spot.
With reports that the compensation will be a mid-round pick, it would seem to be the Broncos’ original 3rd round pick (95th overall) or their early 5th round pick from Baltimore. Perhaps the Broncos, who felt a fourth rounder was rich for Kaepernick, would be willing to part with a 2017 3rd round pick, knowing they have two on the way thanks to Malik Jackson and Brock Osweiler.
Or, it could be that the Broncos agreed to trade their 3rd round pick in exchange for the Niners’ 4th or 5th as well as Kaepernick.
Last year, John Elway traded a 4th rounder for Gino Gradkowski. Someone is probably advising him about just throwing picks at teams for players who may or may not work out. This wouldn’t be the first time Elway has dealt with Trent Baalke and Jed York in San Fran, either, having acquired Vernon Davis and a 7th round pick for a 6th rounder this year.
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Basically, the Broncos moved down a handful of slots to get Davis.
They could look to do the same for Kaepernick, although they might have to pay up if San Francisco is willing to pay part of his contract. Wouldn’t that be fun?
At any rate, this appears headed for a conclusion that (most) Broncos fans will be pleased with. Kaepernick is a good football player, but the situation in San Francisco the last two seasons has been — as Kawakami called it — poison. The situation in Denver is phenomenal, if I can speak on their behalf.
Kaepernick will love it, and flourish.