Apparently everyone got over the little dramatic phase Kaepernick was going through when he was trying to make a point. So now things can go back to normal because he will start in week 6.
Head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback for the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills.
Blaine Gabbert started the first five games of the season and will now act as Kaepernick’s backup. (How sad).
On top of all this, the 49ers and Kaepernick were also renegotiating his contract to ease the long-term financial risk of using the quarterback, nut Kelly said it was not a factor in his decision.
“It’s a football decision. I don’t even know where his contract status is”. Said Kelly.
Kaepernick’s contract guarantees that San Francisco would be on the hook for his 2017 salary if he suffers a serious injury. The new deal would reportedly cut out the remaining years of his contract and the injury guarantee allowing him to move on after the season.
Kaepernick is now fully healthy after an off season dominated by injures, as well as his little protest scene he caused to gain some attention.
Remember? The 28-year-old made headlines by sitting during the national anthem during the preseason, which has sparked intense debate and caused many other NFL players to follow the lead. Wouldn't it have been more effective during the regular season…
As a result, Kaepernick has knelt for the anthem before every regular-season game so far, and could now may face greater expectations from some teammates, fans and remembers of the organization to preform well.
With that said, I cannot wait to see what the 49ers will do this next.