How did that Anthem stunt work out for ya, Colin? Was it worth it?
Don’t let that door hit you on your way out!
Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers need each other for the next 11 games, and probably no more.
Kaepernick gets a chance to prove he can still be an NFL quarterback, beginning Sunday on the road against the Buffalo Bills. The Niners (1-4) get a needed shakeup through “one of the only maneuvers we can make,” as coach Chip Kelly put it Tuesday in announcing the decision to start Kaepernick instead of Blaine Gabbert.
And that’s where this rocky relationship — from Kaepernick’s ascent to Super Bowl starter to last season’s benching to an offseason trade request to newfound support amidst his controversial protests during the national anthem — seems destined to end.
The 49ers and Kaepernick’s agents agreed to a restructured contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. Kaepernick signed the revised deal Wednesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity, because they weren’t authorized to speak about the new deal, which was expected to delete the last three years (2018 through 2020) of Kaepernick’s existing pact and could make him a free agent in March. The remaining season would void automatically if he remains on the roster seven days before the start of the 2017 league year. The new contract was also expected to convert $125,000 in per-game roster bonuses to guaranteed salary and add up to $1 million in playing-time incentives this season, ensuring Kaepernick, 28, makes at least $14.3 million — and more if he keeps the job.
Read more: USA Today
The real question is this: seeing how these guys are being punished in the ratings, what team will want to take a risk on hiring him?