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Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Wants To Play For The Jets Next Season, But Is That The Best Thing For His Career?

Submitted by on February 4, 2016 – 1:47 pmNo Comment
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When Colin Kaepernick signed a contract worth well over $100 million a few years ago, the thought was that he was going to be the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for years to come. And while his last two seasons have been a bumpy ride due to injuries and poor play on the field, Kaepernick’s career got a sudden jolt this winter when the 49ers announced that they were going to make Chip Kelly their new head coach. Kelly prefers to run an uptempo offense that calls for his quarterbacks to be mobile, and Kaepernick is the very definition of a mobile quarterback, so it’s a match made in heaven, right? Errr…

Earlier this week, a New York Daily News report emerged indicating that Kaepernick might not be happy with the idea of continuing his career in San Francisco. Apparently, he has soured on the franchise and wants to make his way out east to play for the New York Jets. The Jets have not confirmed that they would be interested in Kaepernick, and Kaepernick hasn’t said whether or not he plans on playing for the Niners next season. But all indications are that the Kaepernick/Kelly pairing isn’t getting off to a great start. And that could ultimately be a bad thing for Kaepernick’s career.

The idea of him heading to the Jets isn’t the worst thing in the world. A change of scenery has done wonders for plenty of NFL players in the past, so Kaepernick could really benefit from it. But he also just got put into the perfect position to succeed with the hiring of Kelly. With his new coach at the helm, Kaepernick will likely get the chance to run an offense that will suit him well. That probably won’t be the case in New York where they have adopted a run-heavy offense and relied on their defense to win them games.

If Kaepernick leaves the 49ers without even giving Kelly a shot to show what he can do with him, he might be missing out on a real opportunity. It’s an opportunity he has been waiting for for a couple years now, so why skip out on it now? It could be disastrous for his career and prevent him from living up to the potential he showed just a few short years ago.

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