There are many teams that may be a quarterback away from really making a push. Two of those teams are in the AFC East. Both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets could be a dominate team if they were to have a solid quarterback. While no deal is imminent, ESPN’s John Clayton says an eventual Colin Kaepernick trade could be possible.
Which brings us to thoughts about the future of Colin Kaepernick, who makes $19 million per year and is 27 years old. Any team with a good defense — which I expect the 49ers to have — and a talented quarterback can sustain success on the field, and an 8-8 season is unlikely to force a QB change unless there are viable replacement alternatives. But the 49ers might still be tempted to trade Kaepernick to a quarterback-starved franchise for two or three high draft choices, if they found the right deal. They could then look to find a way to come away with a top quarterback prospect in the draft, while retooling other parts of the roster.
I would be willing to give up a first round pick for Colin Kaepernick, if it meant I could land a solid quarterback that can do it all. If the 49ers continue to spiral in the downward motion, this trade could become a reality. If that does in fact happen, you may have some very upset 49ers fans.