The San Francisco 49ers have expressed their desire to keep hold of Colin Kaepernick, but the man himself has said otherwise, at least that's what his agents have been telling the media.
According to NFL.com's Rand Getlin, the quarterback wants out of San Francisco, and his agents are demanding a trade, and according to Ian Rapoport, his representatives are still awaiting permission from the team to seek a move away.
The 49ers have yet to comment on the reported request by Kaepernick's agents, but it wasn't that long ago that the team's general manager Trent Baalke, and the team's head coach Chip Kelly said the 28-year-old would remain with the franchise for the 2016 season.
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They have until April 1 to decide if they want the quarterback to be a part of the team for the new season, as that's the day his $11.9 million contract becomes guaranteed with the team, but it now looks like Colin thinks he will be better off away from the Bay Area.
It will be interesting to see how the 49ers will answer Kaepernick's request if they have been made aware of it, as at the moment, we don't know if his agents have told the team or simply just told the media to try and conjure up a trade.
The former Nevada quarterback has been rumored in the not too distant past with a trade away from San Francisco to go and play his football for the New York Jets.
An abysmal 2015 season that saw him being replaced under center by Blaine Gabbert might be one of the reasons why Kaepernick wants a trade away from the Bay Area. He only managed to achieve 1,615 yards, six touchdowns, and a pass completion percentage of 59 across nine games last year, winning just three.
The fact he has been told he now has to compete with Gabbert for the starting job might be another for him wanting to depart. He may feel his legacy at the 49ers of leading them to the Super Bowl in 2012 and to the playoffs the year after is enough for him to keep the position despite being poor last season.
If Kaepernick does leave, the options for a replacement in the free agency market are few and far between. The majority of potential free agents that were starting last season, such as Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kirk Cousins, will likely be signed to new deals, leaving just untested backups or underperformers left. That's why the 49ers might be unwilling to trade the 28-year old.
If anything, his $11.9 million contract should already give him the edge over Gabbert for the starting job, but if the team decides that the former Jaguars quarterback will be their quarterback for the 2016 season, Kaepernick will definitely want out of San Francisco for sure.