Report: Colin Kaepernick almost traded to Eagles before 2012 draft

Colin Kaepernick was reportedly almost traded to Philadelphia in April 2012. (USATSI)
Colin Kaepernick was reportedly almost traded to Philadelphia in April 2012. (USATSI)

Making shaved eyebrow bets and playing in the NFC West aren't the only thing Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson have in common, apparently both quarterbacks were almost members of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Just before the 2012 NFL Draft, the Eagles and 49ers came close to making a trade that would have sent Kaepernick to Philadelphia for a second-round pick, according to Kaepernick was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft. 

The only reason Kaepernick's not in Philadelphia is because the Eagles backed out of the trade, according to the report. Philadelphia decided not to trade for Kaepernick because they wanted to focus on drafting Russell Wilson. 

The Eagles were set to use their third-round pick (88th overall) on Wilson, only there was one small problem: Wilson got drafted by the Seahawks at 75th overall. With Wilson off the board, Philadelphia took another quarterback instead: Nick Foles

So the Eagles came up empty-handed in their bid to get either Kaepernick or Wilson. 

If Kaepernick had landed in Philadelphia, the NFL quarterbacking landscape would be dramatically altered right now. Kaepernick would be an Eagle, Alex Smith would most likely still be in San Francisco and who knows who the Chiefs quarterback would be. Brady Quinn?

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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