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Golden Nuggets: Considering Colin Kaepernick's contract and the salary cap

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Fooch's Update: I adjusted the headline from "Could Colin Kaepernick really be a cap casualty?" to something a little less sensational.

Good morning everyone. Yesterday morning I was on twitter and saw Tre9er tweet out not to look at Colin Kaepernick's potential cap savings should he be cut. Of course, I did, and I wish I hadn't. Due to the nature of the contract he signed last off season, the 49ers could be rid of him rather painlessly. Naturally, knowledge of this led to some discussions over whether it was the smart thing for the 49ers to do. My short  answer? No.

For the most part, I would agree with the majority that last season was a terrible one for Colin Kaepernick. There was a stretch of games in the middle and towards the end of the season where I don't think it would be a stretch to say he was the worst starting QB in the NFL. It was right around the same time that we all pretty much came to terms with Jim Harbaugh's exit. But Colin Kaepernick showed me what I wanted to see all season over the last three games. He was really good, and It is just a shame that the 49ers were so injured at that point. Had we seen that Colin Kaepernick all season, I think it is entirely possible that the 49ers could have made the playoffs. So no, unless there is some amazing franchise QB just waiting around to be picked up, cutting Colin Kaepernick would not be a good idea. To the links!

Not the offseason to look for Kaepernick’s replacement (Barrows)

49ers offseason 2015: Cornerback (Gin)

Cruz, Newton, Kaepernick part of fruit/vegetable endorsement (PFT)

49ers now under projected cap ... barely (ESPN)

49ers must address questions on offensive line (Maiocco)