Ed Szczepanski, USA Today Sports

Colin Kaepernick could be a great fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense with the Denver Broncos.

Perhaps because of this, and because of a report earlier in the day via Ian Rapoport suggesting Kaepernick is Denver’s “backup┬áplan” in case Brock Osweiler ends up signing with the Houston Texans, Kaepernick is now rumored to be interested in a trade that would send him to the Broncos.

Interestingly enough, Denver’s sudden need for a backup plan, along with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s decision to test free agency, has likely boosted Kaepernick’s trade market significantly.

After his regression in 2014 and downright horrible season last year, Kaepernick’s trade value was pretty darn low as of a couple of weeks ago. But now that teams in need of a quarterback might not be able to land their first choice, he’s becoming more and more attractive as a possible replacement.

Another the reason a deal might be struck between the 49ers and Broncos, if Osweiler bolts, is that general managers Trent Baalke and John Elway have a good working relationship, as noted by Rapoport.

If Kaepernick is traded away, the 49ers might have another dynamic playmaker in their sights, as Robert Griffin III is rumored to be someone head coach Chip Kelly would be interested in acquiring.

Things are just starting to get heated right now as the NFL’s legal tampering period winds to a close. Once players start actually signing contracts, the blurry free agency landscape will sharpen considerably, which will give clarity to how teams should proceed otherwise.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.