According to Rapoport, Kaepernick needs written permission to seek a trade and not lose his guaranteed money. However, Kaepernick has yet to receive permission from the team.
Rapoport adds that this situation won’t end quickly.
- John Middlekauff spoke to multiple executives several months ago regarding the idea of trading Kaepernick and they considered his contract not tradeable.
This comes just a day after 49ers GM Trent Baalke told reporters that he expects Kaepernick to be on their roster as of April 1.
Baalke did say that while Kaepernick would be on their roster, he would have to compete for the starting job with Blaine Gabbert.
New 49ers HC Chip Kelly told reporters that Kaepernick indicated he wanted to be back with the team.
“He wants to be here,” Kelly said. “He has never expressed to me that he didn’t want to be here. He expressed to me that he’s excited about getting healthy and getting going. And we’re excited about him getting healthy and getting going.”
Clearly, there has been some sort of miscommunication between the two parties, assuming Kaepernick is, in fact, ready to move on.
The April 1 first is especially important in regards to Kaepernick, as his base salary becomes guaranteed for the 2016 season at that point.
Previous reports have said that Kaepernick would like to move on, and he may have interest in playing for the Jets, so that’s at least something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Kaepernick, 28, is 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.