With less than a day remaining before the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers are still adamant about fulfilling quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s request to be traded. The franchise was previously in talks with the Denver Broncos, but the reigning Super Bowl champs were unwilling to take the load of Kaepernick’s hefty contract. Currently, the 49ers hold the no. 7 overall draft pick and seem likely to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, who is ranked behind Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz on the draft board.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke putting this message out that they are still willing to trade Kaepernick sends a strong message to both the Broncos and New York Jets, both teams who have questions to be answered at the quarterback position. With that said, the Broncos have gone on record to say that they are happy with Mark Sanchez competing for the starting job alongside Trevor Siemian, but the allure of attaining Kaepernick, who once led the 49ers to a Super Bowl, might be too strong.