It’s not a huge surprise, given that he tried to get out of San Francisco last year and restructured his contract during the season, but Colin Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his contract with the 49ers and become a free agent, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday.
Kaepernick has about a month before he can make the move official; Can Inman of the Bay Area News Group writes that the opt-out period is March 2-7.
As Inman notes, Kaepernick parting ways with the 49ers, who drafted him in the second round in 2011, has seemed inevitable since October, when the deal the two sides signed in 2015 was revised, allowing either Kaepernick or the 49ers to terminate the 2017 season. Kaepernick is scheduled to make $14.5 million in base salary in 2017 if he plays under the existing terms.
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