What a last couple of weeks it has been. I do not remember ever being this engaged during free agency, then again San Francisco 49er fans like I are still pumped up after the success from this past season. Here is a quick recap for the Niner fans that have been living under a rock; the Niners retained all 11 starters from last season, we signed two wide receivers named Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, and one little extra note the Niners are finalist in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. No one saw that coming, it was a certainty that the Niners would resign QB Alex Smith and out of nowhere Peyton Manning had a workout for head coach Jim Harbaugh. The dilemma in this situation is what happens if the Niners end up with neither quarterback. Alex Smith had a meeting with the Miami Dolphins while Peyton is still strongly considering the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos. Can it be realistic QB Colin Kaepernick will be the 2012 week 1 starter?
It is very possible. Even though I would love to have Peyton playing quarterback for the Niners and I believe we are the best fit for Manning, something tells me he is leaning towards the Titans. Tennessee is where Peyton played four years of college football and he has reportedly commented that he prefers to stay in the AFC. He does not want to steal any thunder from younger brother QB Eli Manning, who obviously plays in the NFC. I am keeping my fingers crossed, but who knows? Stay tuned.
Alex’s feelings should be a little hurt to say the least. After retaining players who impacted the 2011 season such as LB Ahmad Brooks, DB Carlos Rogers, and DB Dashon Goldson; Alex was the one who was left out. What is puzzling is Alex reportable was offered a three year deal. You would think that he would have signed quickly, but other reports suggest he was searching for a five year deal. The other twist in this situation is Alex and Peyton share the same agent. I know crazy! If the Niners do not land Manning, it would be foolish if Alex signs anywhere else. His best chances to succeed will be with the Niners.
If both are not sign, it leaves the Niners with Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick had an outstanding career for the University of Nevada. He is in the exclusive list of players to throw for least 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards. An achievement he shares with upcoming prospect Robert Griffin III (expected to be selected second overall in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft). Kaepernick threw 82 touchdowns and rushed for 59 touchdowns. In last year’s NFL Draft, Jim Harbaugh, along with the rest of the Niners front desk, traded up to make sure they landed Kaepernick in the second round. It is apparent Harbaugh sees something special in the 6’5’’ 230lb quarterback.
This is a fascinating pickle the Niners have gotten themselves into. I am not worried. Either of those quarterbacks would be awesome. Last time I checked the Niners best attribute is their defense and whoever’s the quarterback they have the luxury of a strong running game and two new receivers at the moment (remember 2012 NFL Draft coming soon).
Niner Faithful let me know what you think. Would you be comfortable with Colin Kaepernick as the Niners starting quarterback? Please leave comments.