Well, it appears that the writing is on the wall for QB Colin Kaepernick, as he has decided to opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. A player who’s career has been nothing short of volatile, it looks like the marriage between Kap and the Forever Faithful has come to an end.
Am I surprised? Not at all. I expected it. Why? Because at the end of the day, Kaepernick requested a trade, and that left a sour taste inside the locker room. I’m not speaking for all players, but there are players who I’ve spoken with first-hand, who questioned whether Kap wanted to play in San Francisco after requesting out.
— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) December 22, 2016
Let me ask you a question. If you’re a team leader and your team is down in the dumps, you don’t neglect your teammates by requesting a trade. Instead, you sign a contract extension, like ILB NaVorro Bowman did. Actions speak louder than words. There’s a reason why Bowman is a team leader. Respect is earned not given.
Which is why when I had the debate with Kevin Lynch of SF Gate on who would be the starter heading into the 2016 season, I was one of the few who said it would be QB Blaine Gabbert.
— Niners Sports Radio (@RadioNiners) February 10, 2017
I’m not a Kaepernick hater. I said time and time again, he has the potential to be a Pro Bowl player. But at what point does that potential eventually become just that…potential.
Hopefully, Kaepernick can revive his career, as a fresh start could be a blessing in disguise for both him and the 49ers.