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Colin Kaepernick Trade Rumors: 49ers quarterback wants out of San Francisco

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Could the 49ers be interested in an Eagles quarterback?

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly wants out of San Francisco, according to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Mehta reports the New York Jets are Kaepernick's preferred destination.

It seems like the 49ers might not want Kaepernick back, either. Chip Kelly was very noncommittal about Kaepernick in his opening press conference. Kaepernick doesn't seem to have the "repetitive accuracy" that Kelly values in his quarterbacks. Kaepernick near the bottom of the NFL in completion percentage over the past few seasons.

What does any of this have to do with the Eagles? Well, first, if Kaepernick wants out, that's an option for the Eagles. But it seems like Kaepernick wants to go to the Jets, so let's rule him out for now.

The big thing here is that the 49ers will need a quarterback if Kaepernick is gone. San Francisco owns the No. 7 overall pick so it's possible they could select one in the 2016 NFL Draft. It also seems possible that Kelly could make a strong push for Sam Bradford. Prior to getting fired by the Eagles, Kelly essentially said he intended to give Bradford a contract extension. Kelly traded Philadelphia's 2016 second round pick (along with Nick Foles) in order to get Bradford. It's clear Kelly values him.

The Eagles might not value Bradford as much. Doug Pederson has been noncommittal about him. It's fair to wonder if Bradford is really a Howie Roseman guy, and Roseman is the one who is in complete control of the team. Roseman might love the opportunity to recoup a draft pick from Kelly and the 49ers.

The idea of Bradford to the 49ers is just speculation for now but it's definitely something to keep an eye on. It's possible the Eagles want to keep Bradford for themselves. It'll be interesting to see how the situation plays out.