San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is struggling. Bad. Sure, he has a poor wide receiving corps. Sure, his offensive line has been struggling in pass protection. Still, if Kaepernick is who he wants to be, he needs to prove it—fast.
The reason Kaepernick must quickly prove who he is stems from the fact that this offseason is the first offseason that he can sign a new contract. As his rookie contract pays him relatively little—an obscenely small amount for a starting QB—it would be surprising for him to deal with another year of very little pay. If he wants a good payday, however, he needs to show more than just potential. Trent Baalke is not one for handing out cash based on anything but performance. If he thinks he can get a better player for cheaper, he will.
Speaking of which, could Trent Baalke look at QBs in the draft? Yes, this seems quite fast and also quite out-of-the-blue, but Kaepernick honestly has not played very well at all. His form has been bad, his completion percentage very low, and some of his passes could have been mistaken as passes from Tim Tebow.
I highly doubt the 49ers will move on from Kaepernick, especially this fast. But with a deep quarterback class, don’t be surprised to draft a QB in the 3rd-4th round as a “backup.” If Jim Harbaugh falls in love with him, we know he will not be afraid to make a switch.