By Anthony Caruso III
It was thought that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would stay with the team moving forward after Chip Kelly was named head coach. However, according to New York Daily News‘ Manish Mehta, the 49ers are not the team he wants to play for.
Mehta insists that he considers the New York Jets as his preferred destination. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was their 2015 starting quarterback, is set to be a free agent.
At the end of the season, it was thought that the Jets would re-sign Fitzpatrick. The only way to acquire Kaepernick is through a trade.
Kelly would have the final say along with general manager Trent Baalke in any potential trade. If they trade Kaepernick, then they wouldn’t have anybody to replace him and the quarterback market is very weak behind Sam Bradford, Fitzpatrick and Kirk Cousins.
Bradford may leave the Philadelphia Eagles, while Cousins is expected to stay with the Washington Redskins either by the franchise tag or a short-term deal. The team would like to see more from him before locking him up to a long-term deal.
The 49ers front office are believed to be willing to give him another opportunity and prove that last season was a fluke. Kaepernick was replaced by Blaine Gabbart — a career back-up for the rest of the season.
Kaepernick is going to be paid $11.9 million next season. Kelly, who says he can’t talk to Kaepernick until free agency, hasn’t publicly made an announcement on Kaepernick.
However, Kelly reportedly tried to acquire Kaepernick last season in his final season with the Eagles before the trade deadline. He is reportedly very fond of his play as well.
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