One day after Denver Broncos general manager John Elway addressed trading for embattled 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, he acknowledged a deal to acquire the 28-year-old is still a possibility.
During his pre-draft media session, Elway described trade discussions as “dormant,” however, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said during his session that he would still be willing to make a deal to send the quarterback to the Broncos. Elway and Kaepernick have met at least twice during the offseason, including one session at Elway’s home. However, Denver’s proposal would require Kaepernick to sacrifice $12.4 million in salary over the next two seasons.
“It’s never been (dismissed),” Elway said in a pre-draft meeting with the Denver media. “Everything is right there. So that’s kind of where it is.”
During the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Kaepernick’s agents approached Baalke for permission to seek a trade, however, Baalke said Wednesday he’s had no personal conversations with the quarterback on the subject. He’s been in Vail, Colo. rehabbing from three surgeries on his knee, thumb and shoulder.
“I have not talked to him personally, face-to-face,” Baalke said. “He’s been in Aspen or Vail or one of those Colorado areas rehabbing. So, no. Plan to sit down as soon as thing is over, just like I am with a lot with a lot of players. As I’ve said, I haven’t seen 85 percent of these guys. I’ve bumped into a couple of them in the dining hall at lunch and said ‘hello.’ Other than that, that’s about it.”
Denver is currently facing a quarterbacks crisis of their own after Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler departed through free agency to the Houston Texans — Mark Sanchez, who was acquired via trade from the Eagles, is the only quarterback on the depth chart with any NFL experience during the regular season. Sanchez has the lowest passer rating (74.3) among 24 quarterbacks with 2,000 pass attempts since 2009. Alongside him is seventh-round draft pick Trevor Siemian, who has never received a snap during regular-season play.
Denver also met with free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer this week, but Elway said the team is more inclined to keep all of its options open at this point.
“To really have to rush into a decision, we didn’t want to have to do that,” he said. “Because if you run into one and all of a sudden here falls another one, another apple over there that you kind of like — I just didn’t want to get us to where we were going down one road and didn’t have the option to look at all of the others. That’s why we’ve stayed patient.”
David Barclay is an NFL Insider for byteclay.com. He is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Email, email@example.com, Twitter, @DJamesIII