Given the current controversy that Colin Kaepernick is stirring in the NFL through his anti-national flag protests, the San Francisco 49ers could move to replace him with a quarterback who has a more positive or neutral reputation in the league. One athlete that could take the QB spot at San Francisco is Drew Brees since he and the New Orleans Saints are reportedly having problems with his contract.
According to a new report, Brees is still under contract with the Saints but the two parties have already started talking about an extension. These two are reportedly hoping to draft a new contract before Sunday, which is the scheduled season-opener for the Saints.
The problem here, however, is that Brees is reportedly asking too much from the team. As noted by Sportsrageous, he wants to get a 4-year contract that's worth $100 million. Since he is already 37 years old, the New Orleans franchise doubts that he will be a good investment especially since he is expected to retire within the next few years.
If the Saints and Brees fail to negotiate a mutually beneficial deal, then the athlete will end up as a free agent. Once this happens, the 49ers could swoop in to sign him. By adding him to the San Francisco roster, the team will not only get a veteran quarterback but it will also have someone to replace Kaepernick, who previously drew the ire of NFL executives due to his refusal to honor the national anthem and American flag by not standing up during games.
With Brees on the lineup, the 49ers could then decide what they would do with Kaepernick. They could either retain him as a backup or even third-string QB or release him completely. If Kaepernick ends up getting cut, he might get forced to retire since teams will probably think twice before signing him due to his protests.
But then again, losing Brees is not an ideal situation for the Saints. Currently, the team lacks the necessary depth on its QB bench with only Brees and Luke McCown. Because of this, the team will probably do whatever it can to retain Brees even for just a year or two.