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Colin Kaepernick to Opt Out of San Francicso 49ers Contract

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After a season in which he become one of the became one of the most high-profile athletes in all of sports for reasons that had nothing to do with his play, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick appears to be ready to move on from the Bay Area.

Via Twitter, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Kaepernick’s agents have informed all 32 NFL teams that the Niners quarterback plans to opt out of his contract with the club and will become a free agent.

Kaepernick’s National Anthem protests made headlines for weeks, and even landed him on the cover of TIME magazine.

Kaepernick started the season on the bench for the 49ers, but took over as starting quarterback in Week 5. Despite having only a 1-10 record, Kaepernick did compile solid numbers. He passed for 2,241 yards and ran for 468, tossing 16 touchdown passes against only four interceptions.

The quarterback figures to draw interest, given what appears to be a thin free agent market at the position, coupled with what is widely thought to be a below-average quarterback class in this year’s draft. Teams looking for a quarterback figure to include; the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos, and the New York Jets.

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