It has been reported that quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants out of bay area to become a quarterback on Broadway for the New York Jets. Even if Kaepernick wants to be the new leader of the Jets, the issue is that New York should have no interest in him.
Before this dream can even happen, a lot will have to happen with the 49ers. There are many different avenues the organization can explore. The first, and most likely is to keep him as their quarterback because of the lack of enticing options in the upcoming draft and more importantly the franchise has brought in Chip Kelly. Kelly’s option offense and use of a mobile quarterback seem like too much of a perfect fit in his system and I personally feel that one of the reasons Kelly wanted to be in San Francisco was to insert Kapernick into his offense.
However, Kaepernick has shown regression in throwing from the pocket and appears to have lost the locker room around him. Don’t froget, he played so poorly that the 49ers felt that Blaine Gabbert was a better option at quarterback. There are many things that are open to debate in the NFL except for this, Gabbert stinks.
If the 49ers are ready to move on they have until April 1st to cut Kaepernick before his $11.9 Million contract for 2016 becomes guaranteed. True, the Jets could sign Kaep as a free agent, but if the 49ers really want to move on, they will try to trade him in order to get some type of compensation.
Even if the stars do align and Colin Kaepernick becomes available, the Jets should not sign Kaepernick. There are a myriad of reasons why New York should not be enticed by the young quarterback.
For one, he has shown regression in throwing from the which is the most important aspect of playing the position in the National Football League. Another major reason is the contract. The Jets cannot afford Kaepernick at his current salary and even if they could sign him, the team is limited in what the can do for cap space.
But the biggest reason for New York not to pursue Kaepernick is that they already have a better and more cost efficient solution, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now does Fitzpatrick have the potential upside of a Kapernick? No, but he’s a more consistent quarterback who is
coming off his best season as a pro. Also with a year under his belt in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, Fitzpatrick could take another step forward in 2016 while the organization continues to develop last year’s fourth round pick Bryce Petty. It’s also clear that despite his horrendous three interception game in Buffalo to end the season, his teammates are confident in his abilities for next year.
On ESPN’s First Take Brandon Marshall vehemently responded when asked about Kaepernick to the Jets said “I don’t want Kaepernick,” … “I think he’s good. My guy’s Fitz. It’s nothing against Kaepernick. … I have my quarterback, so I’m good.” For good reason both Marshall and Fitzpatrick are coming off career years with Marshall snagging 14 of Fitzpatrick’s 31 touchdown passes.
While the Jets may think that the grass on greener with Kaepernick under center, their best option for 2016 is already in the building for a fraction of the cost.