The quarterback situation is becoming a pressing issue for the San Francisco 49ers. At 1-4, the Blaine Gabbert-led Niners are struggling on offense and defense and are in need of a spark, sitting dead last in the NFC West.
So what does this mean? Is it QB Colin Kaepernick time? Or is HC Chip Kelly “pondering”? Either way, the 49ers need some kind of an emotional boost or spark to get the win, and it’s become clear that Gabbert is not going to provide that spark.
According to multiple reports, the 49ers are trying to restructure Kaepernick’s contract so that they don’t have to guarantee him any money if he gets injured. This will save the 49ers over 14 million dollars if he does get injured. Kaepernick also has the option to end the deal at the end of the season instead of being locked up until 2020.
The 49ers would no longer be concerned about Kaepernick’s health, and he would be able to truly play “unleashed” as he has been needing to do since his glory days of 2012 and 2013. The deal also gives Kaepernick the opportunity to decide his own future at the end of the 2016 season. It’s a win-win for both teams.
So, is a storm coming? Chip Kelly has not yet announced who the quarterback is going to be following the ugly loss to the Arizona Cardinals on TNF. It might finally be Kaepernick time.