First of all, I know that this is 1) wild and probably irresponsible extrapolation from thin data points and 2) EXTREMELY unrealistic. So if you're here to comment something along those lines, know that I already know that.
Anyway, the Niners have a young QB that we have been trying to extend so far without success. Our front office is all about cost control and has used the metaphor of buying wholesale vs. retail before (with wholesale being the draft and retail being free agency). We all know that it will be impossible to keep all of our talent together because of salary constrictions. And Jim has seen first hand through brother John how a massive contract for a QB can cripple a franchise...
I didn't really start thinking until Louis Reddick from ESPN tweeted this on Saturday:
Hearing rumblings of a potential draft day trade that could blow the top off of the draft involving the QB position.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) May 3, 2014
That kinda got me wondering who they might be referring to. Then I remembered Jim Harbaugh's comments on Johnny Manziel, saying he would love to work with Manziel because of the way he sees the field...perhaps not coincidentally, one of the most common criticisms leveled at Kaepernick. Pair that with the fact that the front office has talked major deals with Cleveland in the past, and it seems like there's smoke, and where there's smoke their could be fire.
So, here's my "second shooter on the grassy knoll" level conspiracy theory...on draft night, San Francisco trades QB Colin Kaepernick to Cleveland for the 4th and 26th picks in the draft. With the 4th pick, we select QB Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M. We then trade the 26th and 30th picks to Tampa Bay for the 7th pick to select his A&M teammate, WR Mike Evans.
Why on earth would they do this? Well, if Harbaugh believes he can mold Manziel into a QB as good or even better than Kaepernick, this allows the Niners to secure a solution at the QB position who will be cost controlled for the next 4 years. Keeping a massive QB extension off the books allows us to keep most if not all of our other talented FAs, and might also allow us to make an addition in free agency. It also allows us to gain an additional late 1st rounder which we can use to secure an another high level player, in this example Evans.
Is it likely? No. Is it realistic? Also no. Is it just-crazy-enough-to-work? Perhaps.