Sakamoto: Colin Kaepernick Trade Rumors Heat Up As Browns, Texans Enter Sweepstakes

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The rift between the San Francisco 49ers and QB Colin Kaepernick continues, as the two sides seem to be prepared to go in opposite directions. Just one day after GM Trent Baalke told reporters that Kaepernick would ‘absolutely‘ be on the team’s roster in 2016, it was Kaepernick who then responded by asking to be traded from the team.

Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that two teams who may have high interest in the Nevada product include both the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans. However, the Browns currently hold the No. 2 overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, and it’s likely the team will draft either North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz or California’s QB Jared Goff with that selection.

That makes the Houston Texans a more likely destination of the two teams. But will that happen? That still seems like a long shot in my opinion, as Texans head coach Bill O’Brien favors more of a pocket passer running his offense.

With the 49ers likely to field offers for Kaepernick’s services in the near future, it will be interesting to see which teams will want to take on his $11.9 million base salary, as that will be a burden in itself.

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