Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Report: Colin Kaepernick will opt out of his contract

Feb 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM--


"San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be opting out of his contract, according to a source, becoming a free agent," reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The news shouldn't be much of a surprise to 49ers fans, who have expected Kaepernick to opt out of his contract since the quarterback reworked his deal in October. Kaepernick will have an opportunity to officially opt out during the period of March 2-7 leading up to free agency, per Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group.

The move will leave the San Francisco 49ers without a quarterback signed for the 2017 season. Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, and even Thad Lewis, are all scheduled to become free agents as well.

Kaepernick started the 2016 season as the 49ers' backup quarterback. Recovery from three offseason surgeries and then a shoulder injury during training camp pushed him behind Gabbert in a quarterback competition to determine a starter. However, Kaepernick returned as the starter during Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills, would go on to win just one game, and finish with the second-worst Pro Football Focus grade of his career and rank 27th among all quarterbacks.

Despite the 49ers' poor play this season, Kaepernick's name dominated headlines, but not for his play on the field. The San Francisco quarterback started a protest of the traditional pregame national anthem by refusing to stand. The protest started during the preseason but was not noticed until the third exhibition game – a home matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

The controversy surrounding Kaepernick is expected to hurt his value in free agency with other NFL teams reportedly hesitant about the idea of bringing in the quarterback. That might leave the door open to the 49ers bringing him back for substantially less than the $14.5 million that he was going to be due in 2017.

Related News







More San Francisco 49ers News



OL Aaron Banks on his early days as a hometown 49er, his Notre Dame influences, more

By Kirk Larrabee
May 14, 2021

Being from the Bay Area has given 49ers offensive lineman Aaron Banks a different start to his NFL career than the rest of his fellow rookies, in a very convenient way. Banks, who grew up in Alameda, California before moving away to play his college football at Notre Dame, was at home in the Bay Area when the 49ers announced on April 30 that they'd be making him their second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Since then, he's had the pleasure of being able to hop in a car and make the drive down to Santa Clara to 49ers facilities instead of the much longer trip that the rest of his draft class needed to make. That proximity to Santa Clara has helped Banks get comfortable this week as he and the other rookies take part in rookie minicamp. "It's definitely made the



49ers CB Jason Verrett also changing his jersey number

By David Bonilla
May 4, 2021

Add San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett to the list of players changing their jersey numbers this offseason. On April 21, the NFL approved a proposal that relaxes the jersey number rules of certain position groups, opening the door for wide receivers, defensive backs, and some others to wear single-digit numbers. On Monday, safety Jaquiski Tartt revealed that he is switching from No. 29 to No. 26. Of course, that doesn't really fall into the rule change. Verrett, however, is switching from No. 22 to No. 2, the number he wore at TCU. It will be his second number change since joining the 49ers in 2019. His initial number was 27. "IYKYK...Them Frog Days



49ers CB Emmanuel Moseley changing his jersey number

By David Bonilla
May 5, 2021

Add San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley to the list of players who plan to don a different jersey number during the 2021 season. He is dropping a digit and moving from No. 41 to No. 4. "Had to cut 1 off but I'll never forget," Moseley wrote via Instagram (h/t to Patrick Tulini for the find). He will join his fellow defensive backs, Jaquiski Tartt and Jason Verrett, in changing numbers. Tartt is switching from No. 29 to No. 26. Verrett is moving from No. 22 to No.



49ers CB Ambry Thomas confident his skills will pay the California bills, eager to make NFL debut in hometown of Detroit

By Kirk Larrabee
May 12, 2021

One thing is abundantly clear so far about 49ers rookie cornerback Ambry Thomas -- he's in no danger of falling short on confidence. Thomas, who was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, spoke with reporters Wednesday, two days before the 49ers kick off their rookie minicamp in Santa Clara. His confidence was on display throughout the media session, particularly after being asked about what he thought regarding the increased cost of living that will come from moving to the Bay Area from the Midwest. "Immediately once I got the phone call (during the draft), I was happy, excited. And I thought about everything," Thomas said. "California, the taxes, and I started thinking about all that -- the cost of


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone