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Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns emerge as front runners in Colin Kaepernick trade

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It seems as though that the clock has officially struck midnight for Colin Kaepernick's time in a San Francisco 49ers uniform.

The signal-caller, according to Manish Mehta from the New York Daily News, Kaepernick apparently wants out of San Fran.

Calling the Colin Kaepernick Era in the Bay a rollercoaster would be a massive understatement. In a tenure that has included two NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl visit just three years ago, it certainly has been a wild ride for the former quarterback out of the University of Nevada.


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Kaepernick took the NFL by storm four years ago when he filled in for the injured Alex Smith. He led the 49ers to a 7-3 record during his time as a fill-in starter. Unfortunately, he has been unable to rekindle the same magic that he found in 2012.

However, this doesn't seem to mind a few quarterback-needy teams. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns appear to be the two frontrunners in the sweepstakes with the Broncos leading the way.

This would appear to be a sensible move from the current Super Bowl champions. Following Peyton Manning's retirement and Brock Osweiler's decision to spurn Denver for the Houston Texans, there lies a clear void at the quarterback position.

While the Broncos, appear to be the leaders of this race, don't expect Cleveland to go down without a fight. According to Mary Kay Cabot of, the Browns are equipped with the draft picks and the salary cap space to potentially convince the 49ers to part ways with their signal-caller.

However, there's still a reason for optimism for the Browns. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the thought of teaming up in Cleveland with new head coach Hue Jackson is the ideal scenario for Kaepernick.

When Kaepernick signed his six-year $114 million contract back in 2014, the 49ers thought they had the future of their franchise. Now, just two years later, and a change of scenery already appears to be in order.

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