Friday, March 11, 2016

The Kaepernick tease?

So the Browns reportedly seek a trade that would bring quarterback Colin Kaepernick to Cleveland. And he wants to come.

Good luck. 

That’s because the Denver Broncos, all of a sudden without a starting quarterback, want him, too.

Complicating matters is the San Francisco 49ers, with whom Kaepernick is under contract for the next few seasons, do not want to deal him despite his pleas to do so.

If, however, the veteran quarterback and his agent somehow convince the Niners that leaving the Bay Area would be best for both parties, the landscape changes.

Rumors persist Kaepernick wants to come to Cleveland to join up with quarterback whisperer Hue Jackson, who is now in charge. When Jackson was the Oakland Raiders’ head coach several years ago, he wanted to draft Kaepernick, but was overruled.

And now the opportunity to unite the two is coming more into focus. Maybe. The Denver situation after Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler decided to bolt to Houston in free agency shines a whole new light on the matter.

Assuming the 49ers relent and allow Kaepernick to leave, why would Cleveland seem more appealing than Denver?

The Browns have wallowed in what can be charitably called mediocrity ever since coming back to the National Football League in 1999. The Broncos just won the Super Bowl.

Hmmmm. Let’s see now. The NFL’s stepchild vs. one of the league’s strongest franchises. Tough choice.

Kaepernick, currently recovering from surgeries to his left knee, left shoulder and thumb, was not thrilled when he was benched midway through last season after a 2-6 start. He asked to be dealt after the season.

Despite his efforts to separate from the club, the Niners insist he will be on the roster on April 1 when his base salary of nearly $12 million will be fully guaranteed.

What works in San Francisco’s favor is new head coach Chip Kelly, whose up-tempo style of football  suits Kaepernick’s talent much better than those of backup Blaine Gabbert.

The situation could initially become a tug of war between the 49ers and Kaepernick before evolving into a two-team battle for his services.

It’s understandable if Browns fans become excited about the possibility of Kaepernick becoming the new Cleveland quarterback. It would definitely change the team’s strategy for the April college draft.

But there are too many roadblocks preventing that possibility. If Kelly can somehow convince Kaepernick to stay, all bets are off. That’s the scenario on which to keep the closest watch.

If he can’t, however, and the Niners cave and seriously entertain trade offers, the Browns still run a poor second to the Broncos. They’ve got less tradable talent unless they are willing to part with draft picks.

It’s been a long time since the Browns received a break in anything with regard to player personnel. They haven’t had a talented player at the most important position on the team since the resurrection. And now an opportunity to correct that, albeit getting slimmer by the day, is encouraging.

The fact there is a glimmer is something to hold onto. This team could use a break or two, especially after losing four core players Wednesday.

Who knows? After this little scenario plays itself out, the fortunes of Cleveland professional football just might take a turn for the better.

Or it could turn out to be just another tease.


  1. Oh yeah, that's just what we need, a QB who couldn't read a defense to save his life, missed endless open WRs on 3rd downs, who couldn't even beat Blaine Gabbert out for the starting job, and then pouted like a 3-yr old the rest of the season when it was clear his team finally realized he couldn't handle the job of NFL QB. Then when the season was over he said he wants to take his bat and go home. And just think, we might only have to give up a 3rd-round draft pick to get him! I've finally come to expect this kind of stupid move from the Browns on a regular basis, Rich, but you've generally always been sharp enough to call them out on such moves. I don't believe I've ever seen you on board with any of their hairbrained ideas before now. Aren't you in AZ these days? I'd have thought you'd have seen enough of Kaepernick living in an NFC West area to know he's been next to useless once defenses figured out all they had to do to shut him down was contain his running...


  2. Don't be shy, DW. Sheesh. You really, really, really won't like this deal if it ever goes down.

    The way I look at it, it's an improvement for the Browns. One of the reasons Kaepernick's performance bottomed out last season was the departure of Jim Harbaugh.

    It wasn't a coincidence the 49ers made it to two conference championship games and a Super Bowl with the Harbaugh-Kaepernick connection.

    And before you go off the deep end, Kaepernick is a much better quarterback than Blaine Gabbert. The Cleveland offense needs a kick in the pants and Kaepernick is the kind of quarterback who can deliver that kick.

    If we are to believe that Hue Jackson can make chicken cordon bleu out of chick doo-doo, this would be the perfect opportunity to find out. And all it would cost is a third-round draft pick.

    Obviously, I do not look at this as a stupid move. And no, I haven't lost my mind even though I live in Arizona (Goodyear). The sun has not affected by mind.

    If the deal goes through, I look forward to the opportunity of watching the Browns finally playing the game of football with a genuinely talented quarterback.

    We have our differences on this one. One of us is going to be right. Assuming, that is, the deal is made. Time will be the judge.

    1. I must be dreaming(or drunk)! We agree on something????

  3. Both!! You can add hallucinating, too.