The latest from the rumor mill (in this case, Jason Cole), the Denver Broncos are asking Colin Kaepernick to take a $7 million pay cut in order to play for them. His 2016 salary is guaranteed after 1:00 PM today, so any movement isn’t likely. This strikes me as being odd however, because last week, the teams had apparently met in terms of salary, but were dithering over draft picks to finalize the deal. Now it’s about money? Even weirder is Denver’s statement that Kappy is only worth a 4th round pick, and they don’t have one to trade.
My thought is that Denver is trying to build the case for creating a low ceiling in terms of negotiating going forward. As I’ve said before, Trent may not be all that great at drafting, but he’s a shrewd negotiator. He still holds the high cards in this deal. Denver is in desperation mode in regards to their starting QB, and Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t even in the discussions. They want Kappy. Baalke knows this.
Weird thing is, you have t wonder how Kappy feels about leaving if he’s all of a sudden paid like a backup. Will h e lean toward staying here and fighting for his job? These questions, and more, will be answered as the stomach turns . . .