San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s agents have asked the team permission to seek a trade, reports NFL.com’s Rand Getlin.
Kaepernick played in only nine games for the 49ers last season and lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert. San Francisco hired Chip Kelly to replace Jim Tomsula as head coach after the season.
Kaepernick’s trade value is likely at its lowest two seasons after taking the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game. In 2015, he posted a career-low passer rating and completed only 59% of his passes with six touchdowns and five interceptions.
In 2014, the 49ers signed Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension worth up to $126 million, but Kaepernick is unlikely to see that amount. San Francisco can reportedly release the quarterback before April and save $9.36 million against the cap, and would only owe Kaepernick the rest of his prorated signing bonus.