The San Francisco 49ers are about to make a significant change, hiring a new head coach and general manager. The team has a ton of cap space and a sizable haul of draft picks to begin what will be a sizable rebuilding process. The past two seasons have been running in place, at best, and now they can really flip the switch and change things.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole posted a brief video talking about how the Colin Kaepernick era is expected to come to a close if Kyle Shanahan is hired as head coach. Cole talked about Kaepernick lacking some of the necessary skills to operate in Shanahan’s offense. The video does not provide any new revelations, and instead is mostly just a reshuffling of stuff we have heard time and again.
Back in late November, following a close loss to the Miami Dolphins, I posted a poll asking people what would happen with Kaepernick in 2017. At the time, Kaepernick was coming off a string of solid performances, albeit all losses for the 49ers. At the time, 43 percent of voters thought he would not opt out of his contract, and would remain with the 49ers in 2017. 33 percent of voters thought he would opt out of his contract to become free agent, and not re-sign with 49ers.
I wanted to post another poll now that we know what the season brought in terms of Kaepernick’s performance and the firing of Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke. Kaepernick has until late February to opt out of his contract. If he does not opt out, the 49ers retain the right to release him due to no more guaranteed money on his contract, and only limited dead money ($2,465,753) from his signing bonus.