Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick “certainly is more than open to returning to San Francisco” for the 2016 season.
Of course, there’s still the question of whether new 49ers HC Chip Kelly would want Kaepernick to be his quarterback. However, Rapoport has been told that Kelly previously considered the idea of trading for Kaepernick.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recently reported that the 49ers will meet with Kaepernick’s and his representatives at the Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.
According to Barrows, it’s unclear what the two parties will discuss, but it’s likely the 49ers will want idea of whether he wants to be back with the team.
On April 1, Kaepernick’s base salary becomes guaranteed, which is still plenty of time to figure out their plans are at quarterback.
Previous reports have said that Kaepernick would like to move on, and he may have interest in playing for the Jets.
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.