We're just a week and a half away from April 1, the deadline which Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 becomes fully guaranteed.
Since announcing his desire to leaving the Bay Area, several teams have been linked with acquiring the quarterback's services. These teams include the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and the Dever Broncos.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has suggested that the current Super Bowl champions are the front runners to pick up Kaepernick if the 49ers do decide to trade him before the deadline.
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He said: "If Colin Kaepernick is going to get dealt, this would be a good week to lay the foundation.
"I still hear the Broncos as being the team most interested in actually getting something done and, in the end, other clubs seem willing to call the 49ers' bluff about keeping the disgruntled quarterback, going ahead and guaranteeing him that $12 million he is due while coming off three surgeries and actually to move forward with Kaepernick as their starter and attempt to rebuild shattered relationships and trust issues."
Of course, this all depends on if the 49ers decide to trade the 28-year-old away.
Out of the teams mentioned above, Denver would be the best destination as it is one of the most completed teams in the NFL with great players on offense and defense. With the Broncos in desperate need of a quarterback as well after the retirement of Peyton Manning, and the departure of Brock Osweiler, it only adds further green lights for a Kaepernick trade.
The current Super Bowl champions can't be serious about leading the quarterback position with Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian next season, so they'll either have to draft a signal caller later this year or trade for someone. The 49ers quarterback would be a good option to pick.
However, Denver may proceed with caution after the 2015 season Kaepernick had. He threw for 1,615 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games, and the team went 2-6 with him as a starter. The Broncos have better offensive starters than the 49ers and a much, much, much, much, much better defense, so this statistic would likely improve if he was traded.
He is still recovering from surgeries on his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee too, so there will be serious questions about if the quarterback will be able to rediscover the form he had during the 49ers' Super Bowl run back in the 2012 season anytime soon.
We'll have to wait and see for any Broncos offer in the next week before the deadline when Kaepernick 2016 salary with the 49ers becomes guaranteed.
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