A report from over the weekend mentioned that there was still a chance that the 49ers could bring Kaepernick back next year after he voids his contract. However, Cole says that the San Francisco coaching staff still isn’t sold Kaepernick and he may not even be willing to re-sign with the 49ers after they benched him in favor of Blaine Gabbert.
According to Cole, there is expected to be a “soft” market for Kaepernick next year.
This report is in direct contrast to what Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday. Rapoport mentioned that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kaepernick re-sign with San Francisco, considering that he was playing well and the relationship between the 49ers and Kaepernick is reportedly now “in a very good place.”
However, that was before he put together a really poor performance against the Bears and was benched as a result.
Kaepernick, 29, was in the third year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed when reached an agreement with the 49ers on a restructured deal.
Kaepernick’s new contract will give him the ability to void his deal after this season and test the open market. He can earn $1 million in play-time incentives if he takes 34.4 percent of the team’s snaps. The 49ers got him to waive his injury guarantees for next season as part of the agreement.
According to previous reports, Kaepernick also took out a $7.5 million loss-of-value insurance policy prior to signing his renegotiated contract.
In 2016, Kaepernick has completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,444 yards and 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, while adding 393 yards rushing. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 30 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers as the news is available.