It’s Monday morning, do you know where your quarterback is?
Niners general manager Trent Baalke does, and according to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos believe an exchange for his services is worth a measly fourth round pick in the upcoming draft — the Broncos do not possess a fourth-round selection after they traded that pick to the Baltimore Ravens for guard Gino Gradkowski last year. There has been no movement in the ongoing saga to move the embattled 27-year-old off San Francisco’s payroll. “All is quiet,” in the negotiations, according to a source of CSNBayArea’s Matt Maiocco.
The Broncos’ fourth-round pick is a compensatory selection and is not allowed to be traded. General manager John Elway is still in the hunt for a quarterback after the retirement of Peyton Manning and the unexpected exit of Brock Osweiler in free agency. Denver acquired veteran Mark Sanchez last week, trading a conditional 2017 seventh round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for his services. As the depth chart currently sits, Elway has only one other quarterback alongside Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round pick, who has never thrown a pass in regular season play.
At age 29, Sanchez has appeared in 13 games in the past two seasons, all under then-head coach Chip Kelly. During the 2014 season, Sanchez completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,418 yards in nine games with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The Cleveland Browns are also in the hunt to acquire Kaepernick — newly minted head coach Hue Jackson has conceded on more than one occasion that he endears the quarterback, so much so that he and the late Al Davis attempted to trade up in the 2011 draft to obtain his services while Jackson was serving as the team’s head coach. The Browns’ offer has been registered as the best known option: their third round pick, No. 65 overall. However, Jackson’s situation in the Buckeye State has grown more dire after the departures of Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and wide receiver Travis Benjamin.
Additionally, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick is unwilling to take the pay cut Cleveland is asking — instead of his $11.9 million base, he would be paid $7 or $8 million — in order to orchestrate the trade.
Regardless of whether or not he is moved, the 49ers have announced that they are prepared to retain Kaepernick for the 2016 season, and allow him to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.
David Barclay is the 49ers Insider for byteclay.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @DJamesIII