Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, citing a source close to the situation, reports that QB Colin Kaepernick is scheduled to undergo surgery early next week for some structural damage to his non-throwing shoulder.
According to Rapoport, it’s possible that Kaepernick has a torn labrum, which is why he decided to undergo season-ending surgery.
In regards to Kaepernick’s future with the team, Rapoport mentions that “it’s very possible he has played his last snap in San Francisco.”
- Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the relationship between the 49ers and QB Colin Kaepernick “has been over for weeks.“
- According to La Canfora, the situation was done for after San Francisco elected to bench Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert.
- The team said the move was just to give Kaepernick some time take a breather.
The San Francisco 49ers announced Saturday that they’ve placed QB Colin Kaepernick on season-ending injured reserve with a left shoulder injury.
- The team also promoted QB Dylan Thompson to their active roster.
This means that the 49ers will move forward with Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Kaepernick, 27, is in the second year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $12.4 million for the 2015 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.
$14 million of Kaepernick’s deal will become guaranteed on April 1 of next year, which gives San Francisco ample time to consider all of their available options. It’s worth mentioning that parting ways with Kaepernick would create $7 million in dead money for the 49ers.
In eight games this season, Kaepernick has thrown for 1,615 yards while completing 59.3 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added 228 yards rushing and a touchdown.