Colin Kaepernick brought the San Francisco 49ers to SuperBowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. Now, the quarterback wants to be traded to the Denver Broncos and leave the 49ers behind. After tensions arose during the 2014 season, Kaepernick was looking for other options. On April 2, 2016, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the proposed trade.
Kaepernick has a long history with the game of football. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1987, and was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. When he was 4 years old, the family moved to Calif., where Kaepernick began playing football at the age of 8. It was not long before his talent was recognized, and he was promoted to quarterback. His throwing arm made him a prized pitcher in high school baseball, in part because he could throw a 94 mph fastball.
Even though Kaepernick was an adept pitcher, football remained his true love. According to Biography.com, when Kaepernick was in fourth grade, he wrote, “I hope I go to a good college in football then go to the pros and play on the Niners or the Packers, even if they aren’t good in seven years.”
Surprisingly, the soon-to-be professional quarterback was not picked up by scouts. He had to go to a tryout camp at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and there, he qualified for a scholarship. Originally, he was recruited to play safety, however, when the UNR starting quarterback was injured, Kaepernick stepped into the position. During his time at UNR, he became the first quarterback in Division 1 FBS history to gain more than 10,000 passing and 4,000 rushing yards.
In 2011, the young quarterback reached his childhood dream. The 49ers picked him in the second round of the NFL draft.
It was not long before he received a chance to show his skill. Alex Smith, the 49ers starter, was forced to sit out in 2012 due to a concussion. Kaepernick, only in his second year as a professional athlete, then became the quarterback. Defeating the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons in the post-season, he took his team all the way to the Super Bowl.
Kaepernick and his agents discussed proposing a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. They agreed the trade was a long time coming, and he had already decided it was a beneficial decision. Why he wanted the trade was unknown, especially after making it to the summit of his youthful dreams.
He was certainly a sensation playing in the post-season of 2012, but things soured fast. In 2014, the 49ers collapsed. According to Endzonescore.com, there was contention between head coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers management. Harbaugh was fired, and Jim Tomsula replaced him. The 49ers plummeted again, and Tomsula was fired. After a string of bad seasons and getting benched by Tomsula in 2015, Kaepernick started looking for other options.
During the off-season, Kaepernick was recovering from several injuries. He had surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. During his recovery, he spent time in Colorado. He discussed a possible trade with his agents, and they contacted the 49ers.
At the moment, the quarterback remains in limbo between the 49ers and the Broncos. Kaepernick has agreed to a deal with the Broncos for $11.9 million for the 2016 season. According to ESPN, their sources are claiming the Broncos are willing to pay $7 million of that contract. Denver and Kaepernick are wanting the 49ers to pay $4.9 million. ESPN sources state the 49ers were unwilling to pay for a player who will not be on their roster.
The contract Kaepernick signed with the Broncos will run through 2020. Whether the 49ers release him or not is the only obstacle. The trade of Kaepernick is coming down to the wire, and San Francisco has to make a decision soon. Trade talks regarding quarterbacks will be expected up until the end of the NFL draft, which will occur on April 29-30.
By Harrison Baker
Biography.com: Colin Kaepernick Biography
EndZoneScore.com: San Francisco 49ers would be foolish to trade Colin Kaepernick
ESPN: Colin Kaepernick’s $11.9 million base salary for ’16 now guaranteed
EPSN: Colin Kaepernick trade to Broncos being held up by $4.9 million
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