By Anthony Caruso III
It was reported earlier this morning that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants to play for the Cleveland Browns. While he may want to go there – when no big name free agents wanted to go there – the two teams would have to agree to a deal.
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the two teams have agreed on a third-round pick as compensation for Kaepernick going to Ohio. However, while the two sides have agreed to a deal, it is not official until the Browns are able to re-do Kaepernick’s contract – if they’re able to do that.
The Browns would be getting the 28-year-old quarterback, who wants out of San Francisco no matter how much new head coach Chip Kelly wants him to be there. The third-round pick is the 65th overall pick.
The Denver Broncos are also in the mix. They would also give him a better chance of winning, and they’ve already said that he is their chief target to be their new quarterback.
Kaepernick will make $15.8 million this season, then will have a $19 million salary over the next three seasons. He is scheduled to make $21.4 million as a 32-year-old in 2020.
He reportedly wants to play for Hue Jackson, who reportedly wanted to draft him in 2011 when he was the Oakland Raiders head coach. However, while Jackson wanted to trade up for him in the second-round, the Raiders rest of the front office wasn’t able to make the move.
With the Browns, he could potentially turn them into a .500 team at possibly 8-8. They’re not expected to make the playoffs this season or beyond, as they haven’t made the playoffs in years.
With the Broncos – if they can agree to the second-round pick – he would be replacing a living legend in Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. While Manning retired, Osweiler took the money and ran to the Houston Texans, where he signed a four-year, $72 million deal.
He may not be willing to accept that pressure, which may be the reason why he wants to go to the Browns.
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