NY Jets: Brandon Marshall does not want Colin Kaepernick
For the NY Jets and the recent news pertaining that quarterback Colin Kaepernick might want to take his talents to Gotham, Brandon Marshall has a different plan.
Recent news including Kaepernick and the Jets have sparked serious conversations and bold predictions within the last few days since news broke that he is not happy in San Francisco and wants to play for Gang Green. However, it seems that the 28-year old quarterbacks campaign to become the newest Jet will not receive a positive endorsement from Jets’ star receiver Brandon Marshall.
According to Jared Dubin of CBS Sports, when Marshall was asked about the possibility of Kaepernick becoming the next quarterback of the Jets, his response was: “I don’t want Kaepernick. I think he’s good. My guy’s Fitz.”
While it’s great to hear that the young quarterback desires to play for Gang Green, let’s not forget about his current contract. Kaepernick still has five years left on a blockbuster $114 million dollar contract extension he signed back in 2014. The Jets, if interested in acquiring him would have to either trade for him or wait until he is cut by the 49ers.
The Niners have until April 1, to either trade or cut Kaepernick before his 2016 base salary of $11.9 million becomes guaranteed. If the 49ers do decide to cut their quarterback they would save $8.5 million, Kaepernick is scheduled to count $15.9 million against San Francisco’s salary cap if he remains on the teams roster for the 2016 season.
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Marshall also went on to give the greatest endorsement a wide receiver could give to his quarterback by stating the following:
“Ryan Fitzpatrick, I think, this second half of his career is going to be an amazing one because he’s with his guy Chan Gailey, he’s comfortable, and he really owns this offense. That’s what you want out of the quarterback position.”
Fitzpatrick is a free agent and is free to sign with whichever team he desires that shows him any interest.
It’s highly unlikely that Fitzpatrick signs with any team but the Jets, Gotham is the clear front-runner to re-sign the veteran quarterback that led a 4-12 franchise to its first double-digit win season since 2010. The Jets will most likely seek a short-term deal with the 33-year old quarterback, in the range of 2-3-years.
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Overall, I think Kaepernick is a talented quarterback with tremendous potential, however, taking into consideration of his current contract, unless San Francisco cuts Kaepernick, I don’t see him landing in the big apple. Only time will tell what Chip Kelly and the 49ers plan to do with their quarterback before the deadline of April 1.