By Anthony Caruso III
In journalism, a lot of reporters use anonymous sources. With these sources, one has to take their information with a grain of salt.
That’s the case with the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s report that he would like to play for the New York Jets, according to a report in Tuesday’s New York Daily News. But New Jersey Advanced Media’s Dom Cosentino, his source is saying that there’s no truth to that rumor.
“No,” the source said to Cosentino. “Nothing. No idea where it came from. Random, strange article.”
Manish Mehta reported that Kaepernick wanted out of San Francisco. The Daily News reporter also said his preferred destination as the Jets.
Some have said that this is because his girlfriend works in New York City. They’re currently doing a long-distance relationship, which hardly ever works out. So, you can’t fault him for wanting to spend more time with her.
Also, with Mehta’s source being called out, one has to take Cosentino’s source with a grain of salt as well. His source is reportedly “familiar with the situation.”
We’ll likely never know who these sources are unless they identify themselves. Once they do that, we’ll have a better idea of who they actually are.
There’s speculation that Kaepernick’s agent could be one of these sources, as he tried to get his client out of the San Francisco mess that happened under former head coach Jim Tomsula. However, with Tomsula being fired by the team and replaced by new head coach Chip Kelly, things are definitely going to be run differently.
Kelly is also reportedly fond of Kapernick and wanted to trade for him last season when Sam Bradford was struggling with the Philadelphia Eagles. Also, Kelly reportedly wanted to go anywhere that would acquire Kaepernick when he was looking for a new job.
This could also be a ploy to get the Jets to leverage talks with free-agent-to-be quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The signal-caller had his best season with the Jets after being acquired by the team in a trade with the Houston Texans in the off-season.
The Jets would like to re-sign Fitzpatrick, who will be one of the top three free agent quarterbacks in a very weak quarterback market in March. If they can’t sign him to a new deal, they can always use a franchise tag or a transition tag on him to keep him another year, before a new deal could be worked out.
This season, his worst since playing three games as a rookie in 2011, he played in just nine games before being replaced midway through the season by Blaine Gabbert, a career back-up. He went 144-of-244 for 1,615 yards with six touchdowns to five interceptions.
He also had two 300-yard passing games, which came against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 when he had 335 yards with two touchdowns. He also had a season-high 340 passing yards against the Baltimore Ravens at Levi Stadium, while also throwing two touchdowns.
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