The San Francisco 49ers may consider moving on from Colin Kaepernick this offseason and if that happens, teams like the NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans could be interested in the quarterback.
Kaepernick dealt with numerous injuries this season and also lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert, putting his future in San Francisco up in the air. The hiring of Chip Kelly had some in the media speculate that Kaepernick could end up getting another chance with the 49ers, as his skill set seemingly fits in with Kelly's style of offense. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Kelly was "non-committal" when asked about Kaepernick after being hired and that he also had praise for Gabbert, calling it an "attractive situation" with both quarterbacks.
Last week the New York Daily News reported that Kaepernick is looking to get out of San Francisco and that he would like to end up with the New York Jets. Manish Mehta first broke the story and reports that the Jets are "intrigued" at the possibility, but that no decisions have been made yet about the quarterback position. The team has Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting free agency and would like to re-sign him, but the team remains in the "early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation."
There was some push back on the reports about the Jets though, as Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports reports that the Jets are "not interested" in the quarterback. The report adds that the team did not have any interest in Kaepernick and that sources have said that the report from the Daily News came out of "nowhere." La Canfora adds that a move with Kaepernick is "very likely," as Chip Kelly has so far "has done nothing to build a relationship" with the quarterback.
Kaepernick busted onto the scene a couple years ago and helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl, but he has regressed over the past two seasons. Kaepernick played in nine games last season and completed less than 60 percent of his passes while throwing six touchdowns and five interceptions. Kaepernick's touchdown numbers have decreased in each of the past three seasons and in two of the past three years he has completed less than 60 percent of his passes.
The 49ers are likely going to make some type of move at the position with Chip Kelly coming in, whether it be in free agency or in the draft. Sam Bradford is on the market and he could be a target after Kelly traded for him while he was with the Eagles. Players like Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch are coming out of college and could be targets in the draft for Kelly. If Kaepernick is moved, teams like the Cowboys, Browns, Eagles and Texans could be potential landing spots, as all of those teams have quarterback concerns this offseason.