49ers, Kaepernick trying to Restructure Contract

Sep 18, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) on the sidelines in the third quarter. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Tej is a Bay Area native and Senior Staff writer for NinerFans.com. A devout San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan, Tej is determined to get you the information you crave. His work has been featured on the FanSided Network, Bleacher Report, and Sports Illustrated.