Here's what the 49ers reportedly want from Broncos for Kaepernick

The Denver Broncos lost Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans. The only quarterback left on their roster, as of this writing, is a guy by the name of Trevor Siemian. (If you've never heard of him, don't worry; we've got you covered.) At some point between now and the start of the season, they will have to add a quarterback or two.

Enter the San Francisco 49ers. The team's relationship with Colin Kaepernick has been rocky for about a year now, with multiple reports that he wants out and/or they want him out. There have been denials up the wazoo but at a certain point, when there's enough smoke, there's probably a good bit of fire there, ya know? And so we have this report from Mike Silver about a potential Kap-to-the-Broncos trade:

A third-round pick is a pretty high price to pay for someone that a lot of people in NFL circles are pretty confident the team that controls his rights is trying to get rid of. A second? That's even more wild.

The fact that they're even talking about things like this probably speaks even more to what the Broncos think of Robert Griffin III, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the other free agent options still on the board than it does to what they think of Kap. If they're willing to wade into the trade market for a QB rather than pick one up for just cash, what does it say about the guys that are out there for anyone to sign? 

Considering how much information Elway can likely get on Griffin from his old coach Mike Shanahan, that's probably not a good sign for RG3 landing in Denver, assuming the report is accurate. It also lessens any potential leverage Fitzpatrick might have in his contract with the negotiations with the Jets, if the Broncos are really willing to make a deal with a Day 2 pick over trying to sign him without giving up draft compensation.

As for Kaepernick himself, he's got the athleticism to work pretty well in Gary Kubiak's bootleg-heavy offense, and a system that limits his reads to one side of the field could help with his iffy decision-making. However, he's not typically a player that gets the ball out very quickly, which could mess up some of the timing that is essential to the Denver offense. Still, he's only 28 years old and has shown that he has a peak level of "absolutely unstoppable," so there are worse ideas than taking a bet that you can tap back into that potential. 

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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