The San Francisco 49ers placed their starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, on the season ending injured reserve Saturday, concluding a terrible 2015 season for a player many once thought would revolutionize the game.
The elephant in the room now isn’t what the 49ers will do this season, it’s what will the 49ers do in the offseason?
The 49ers have until April 1 to make a decision on Kaepernick, at which point they will either A: Keep him, or B: dump him to save some money with their salary cap. One potential issue might be if Kaepernick is still considered injured by the April 1 date, the Niners would be on the hook for the $11.9 million owed to him in 2016, perESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
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A Career Derailed?
The mere fact that this is even a decision shows just how far Colin Kaepernick’s star has fallen in the past year or so. It has only been a year and a half since he was defeated at the hands (or should I say hand) of Richard Sherman on a tip deflection that otherwise would have sent him to his second Superbowl.
When Kaepernick first broke out on the scene in 2012, he seemed unstoppable. He possessed a rocket arm, gazelle-like speed, and enough confidence to populate a small country. ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski once famously claimed “"I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.", a statement that fans have undoubtedly not let him hear the end of since.
Fast forward a year and a half, and the NFL seems to have figured out the former phenom. Now the question isn’t whether Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, the question is whether or not he’ll ever have a starting job in the NFL again.
It’s a sad day for Kaepernick, but perhaps a brighter day for Niner fans looking to move on. It’s a tough decision, but if the 49ers are looking to rebuild their once impressive roster, they should look at rebooting the most important position on the field: the quarterback.
What do you think? Should the 49ers part with Colin Kaepernick in the offseason? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!