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Broncos targeting Kaepernick; what about Fitzpatrick?


The biggest question following the flurry of free agent moves on the first day of the new league year is what in the name of St. Peter will the Denver Broncos do at quarterback?


With Brock Osweiler getting a huge payday in Houston and Peyton Manning retiring, the Broncos will become just the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and go into the following season without their top two quarterbacks (2001 Ravens).

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has previously reported the Broncos are interested in seeking a trade for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

But at what price?

NFL Media columnist Mike Silver reported Thursday that the 49ers likely want a second-round pick for Kaepernick and the Broncos might be willing to part ways with a third rounder.

"I believe that Colin Kaepernick is the target for the Denver Broncos," Silver said on NFL Network. "I believe the 49ers are amendable to trading him. Whether it is a (third-round pick) a (second-round pick) if that's what it takes. I think right now they're doing a dance. But I expect the Denver Broncos to go out and get Colin Kaepernick as their top option."

Silver later reported that another team is pursuing a deal for Kaepernick, and he believes the quarterback is "on the verge of being traded.

The Broncos also are formulating a backup plan in case they can't land Kaepernick -- they've been in touch with Ryan Fitzpatrick's agent, a source told Silver.

Elway has heaped praise on the Kaepernick in the past, including prior to last season when he said after joint practices with the 49ers, "I've always liked Colin," per CSN Bay Area

Silver reported Kaepernick is likely willing to restructure his contract to the Broncos' liking to facilitate a trade -- even if his deal is somewhat team-friendly already.

The 49ers have insisted they want Kaepernick on their team and Chip Kelly has wanted to work with the athletic quarterback in the past. But could that all be posturing to get a higher pick back in exchange?

Kaepernick's agents have made it know he would like to be traded. Right now the best landing spot outside of the Bay Area is Denver.

For now we wait for the dance to unfold to see if a trade comes to fruition. 


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