Sakamoto: Colin Kaepernick To Opt Out of Contract with 49ers! Blessing In Disguise?

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. 

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. 

Sakamoto: Who’s Winning 49ers QB Battle Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick?

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

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. 

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