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Denver Broncos value Colin Kaepernick as a fourth round pick

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Colin Kaepernick is one of the most talked about players in the media right now because he recently said he would like a trade away from his current team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Rumored destinations for the 28-year-old have been the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns, and the Denver Broncos. While the former seems to be uninterested, the other two have a respectable interest in trading for the quarterback.

No real offer has come through by either side yet for the 49ers to consider, with the NFC side evaluating the player as a second round draft pick, but both AFC sides have stuck to their evaluation of the former Nevada college quarterback.


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According to "NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported that all's quiet on the Kaepernick front, with the Broncos holding firm in their belief that Kaepernick is worth a fourth-round pick. There is no movement with the Browns."

It's worth noting that Denver doesn't even own a fourth rounder at the moment, so they'll have to muster up one from somewhere if that is the value they believe is enough to complete a trade. 

Kaepernick's $12 million salary with the 49ers in 2016 will become guaranteed on April 1, so the team has until then if they wish to trade him away. However, San Francisco has said they'll be fine if they keep the quarterback, as they want him to compete for the starting position on the team.

Broncos' evaluation of the quarterback is a fourth round pick, which is nowhere near the value which the 49ers have given him a second round pick, although, Kevin Patra of Around the NFL has noted Denver might be willing to part ways with a third round pick. Both sides may be willing to negotiate. The Browns meanwhile have reportedly said they are willing to offer a third rounder.

According to the report: "Both the Broncos and Browns would like Kaepernick to sign a restructured deal for any trade to take place. Kaepernick and the Broncos were closer on a contract restructure than Cleveland, but the Niners want more from Denver, per Silver."

It's difficult to determine which is the more suitable destination for Kaepernick, but on the face of it, it looks like it's the Broncos. The current Super Bowl champions will be able to handle Kaepernick's ability to run out of the pocket thanks to their head coach Gary Kubiak, and if he can return to his passing days of 2012, the receivers of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are there to catch.

The Browns, however, would be building a franchise around Kaepernick, under the guidance of newly appointed head coach Hue Jackson. With only Gary Barnidge as a real weapon on offense, a lot of improvement is needed if Cleveland wants to return to the playoffs. To build it around a quarterback like Kaepernick is the right step forward for the team.

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