Colin Kaepernick's time at the San Francisco 49ers was looking bleak near the end of the regular season, but all of that may have now changed after the franchise appointed Chip Kelly as their new head coach.
The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach was hired by the team yesterday, and they will be hoping his high-octane offense can bring a new lease of life to the organization that went 5-11 in 2015 and finished in fourth position in the NFC West.
Once Kelly signs his rumored four-year, $24 million deal with the 49ers, one of the first major decisions he will have to make is who will be the quarterback for the franchise in the 2016 season. Kaepernick may be given another chance with the team, as he would fit Kelly's scheme well, and the 49ers store is thinking that way as well.
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When Kaepernick was dropped during the regular season, the 49ers store decided to put his jerseys on clearance as they thought he wouldn't be there next season. However, as noticed by freelance reporter Mike Rosenberg, via NFL.com, since the hiring of Kelly, the jerseys have now been taken off clearance and are marked at full price.
Coincidence? Maybe so, but you never know.
In the past, Kelly has been very fond of his quarterbacks that are mobile. We've seen it with people like Tennesse Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota when they were together in college football at the Oregon Ducks. The same relationship could be about to blossom with Kaepernick.
Tweets by Ian Rapoport has even suggested the former Eagles coach would have tried to trade or sign for Kaepernick for whichever franchise he would become a coach for. He no longer needs to do this now as they are already on the same team, so the deal has done both of them the world of good.
There appears to still be a future for Kaepernick in San Francisco.