La Canfora adds that the hiring of Chip Kelly has changed nothing, as he’s hasn’t done anything to build a relationship with Kaepernick up to this point.
At this point, La Canfora believe a trade involving Kaepernick remain “very likely.”
While the 49ers have said that they would like to give Kaepernick another opportunity to be their starting quarterback, La Canfora mentions that it makes sense for the 49ers to try to put on public face about keeping him for trade leverage, even though there are “major trust issues” between the two parties.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Kaepernick wanted out of San Francisco after a disappointing 2015 season and would prefer to sign with the Jets.
However, La Canfora reports that the Jets have not expressed interested in Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, 28, will be entering the third year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $13.9 million for the 2016 season.
While those numbers are impressive on their own, the contract is essentially a pay-as-you-go agreement that includes ways for San Francisco to walk away with limited repercussions, as long as Kaepernick is healthy.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Kaepernick would free up $8,493,493 in available cap space and create $7,397,260 in dead money.
In 2015, Kaepernick threw for 1,615 yards while completing 59.3 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and five interceptions over the course of eight games. He also added 228 yards rushing and a touchdown.
We’ll have more regarding Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers as the news is available.