Colin Kaepernick is again the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback, but it appears the damage was done long ago.
His relationship with general manager Trent Baalke this summer “couldn’t have been worse,” and those close to Kaepernick say the relationship has been irreparable for years, according to sources from the MMQB’s Albert Breer.
This isn’t the first person in the organization to have problems with Baalke. Reportedly, a power struggle is what forced out former head coach Jim Harbaugh. Retired offensive lineman Anthony Davis was battling with him all offseason and recently retired. He took a jab at Baalke on Twitter the night of the 49ers loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
He is the fourth player from the 49ers to retire since 2013. Davis has posted pictures of his health condition on Twitter, but is unusual for a team to lose this many key players at one time that appear to still be able to play at a high level.
Head coach Chip Kelly’s system may be perfect for Kaepernick, and the quarterback shining a NFL light on social issues may have given Kelly the perfect opportunity to rehabilitate his image. However, with Kaepernick’s contract renegotiation, he can choose to opt out of his contract after this season.
This supposed match could have been on the clock the whole time.