49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick to Opt Out of Contract, per Report

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, per a report from ESPN.

It’s not the first time anything like this has been reported. But according to a combined report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

ESPN cited a source close to the situation.

Kaepernick restructured his contract last year, essentially turning it into a two-year deal with an opt-out clause after the 2016 season.

Last December, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported this was going to happen. Kaepernick later dismissed the report, indicating he was going to wait until the end of the season to make such a decision.

If it’s already made, the embattled quarterback can’t officially opt out until between March 2-7, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, which is the league’s opt-out period.

There are some interesting tidbits to note here.

First, Kap would be guaranteed $14.5 million if he stayed with the 49ers in 2017. It’s highly unlikely he makes that kind of money on the open market, so opting out doesn’t make much sense, financially.

Additionally, San Francisco’s uncertain quarterback situation means the Niners could be one of the very few places Kap could start. Although we can’t say for certain, given the team’s regime change to new general manager John Lynch and presumed head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Kaepernick could, feasibly, re-sign with San Francisco after opting out. But this also seems highly unlikely.

In reality, we’re looking at the end of a very controversial and divisive era in recent Niners history.

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