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A lot would depend on how Kaepernick performs next season since a clause in his contract allows the 49ers to release him before April of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Thursday evening, reports came out that Colin Kaepernick's agents were seeking permission from the San Francisco 49ers to pursue a trade. Kaepernick had a...shall we say rough season a year ago. The 28-year old was recovering from shoulder surgery, his back-up Blaine Gabbert seemed more suited to now-former offensive coordinator Geep Chryst's offence, and when Kaepernick actually played, he was poor. Though his completion percentage, passing yards and rushing yards all went up, Kaepernick threw 19 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, compared to 21 and eight in 2013.

Kelly also isn't anxious about the fact that Kaepernick lost his starting job to Gabbert.

The report comes just one day after Niners general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday he "absolutely" be on the 49ers.

Speculation that he would leave San Francisco intensified, with some sources claiming that the quarterback himself was keen to move on. Kaepernick has five years remaining on a six-year, $114 million deal, though none of the money is fully guaranteed. "Chip is excited to work with him, just as he's excited to work with all these guys".

It's not known yet whether the team will acquiesce or whether Kelly will try to convince Kaepernick that he can get a fresh start with the 49ers. That came after 49ers officials said this week at the National Football League scouting combine that they expect Kaepernick to be on their roster and have been given no indication he wants to leave. "I"™m excited about working with Colin " I"™ve never thought, "˜I"™m going to go to San Francisco and he"™s not going to be there."™ I don"™t know why everyone else looks at it that way, either.".

A handful of destinations could make sense as possible landing spots for Kaepernick.

And keeping Kaepernick is the 49ers' best chance, at least in the short term, to have the sort of quarterback Kelly needs to make his fast-break offense work. If the 49ers want to properly rebuild this team they can't be paying this guy 11.9 million. The Houston Texans made the playoffs with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, and he isn't the team's long-term solution. If they keep Kap on the roster, the demise of daytime dramas may be overstated because that would be one interesting franchise to follow.

From many angles, it seems like the best place for Kaepernick to get his career back on that stardom track would still be with the 49ers. According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, the Jets have reciprocated Kaepernick's interest and are "intrigued" about the idea of adding him.

Whether it's boom or bust for the Kelly and Kaepernick tandem, it certainly isn't going to be short of intrigue. Peyton Manning has likely played his last game for the defending champion Denver Broncos, and there's no guarantee that free-agent-to-be Brock Osweiler will return.



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