Report: Kaepernick met recently with Broncos’ John Elway

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 0:51 AM

The most recent meeting, according to the , occurred Thursday in the Denver area. Kaepernick is rehabilitating from three surgeries in Vail, Colo., which is less than a two hours drive from the Broncos' headquarters.

Report: Kaepernick met recently with Broncos’ John Elway

SANTA CLARA -- Proof that Colin Kaepernick'south presence on the 49ers' roster presently doesn't necessarily imply he’ll be there later: The quarterback has met with Broncos common manager John Elway at minimum twice in the latest three weeks.

The most recent meeting, according to the , occurred Thursday in the Denver area. Kaepernick is rehabilitating from three surgeries in Vail, Colo., which is less than a two hours drive from the Broncos' headquarters.

Thursday was the day that the $11.9 million base salary of Kaepernick's two thousand sixteen contract effectively became guaranteed. However, the 49ers wouldn't be on the hook for that sum if they traded the quarterback.

The Broncos have been his most serious suitor.

They lost the two quarterbacks who started games for them in two thousand-fifteenth, Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, after the season. As it stands now, they've Tag Sanchez and Trevor Siemian on the roster, but neither is considered a long-term option as a starter.

The 49ers have maintained all along that they wish Kaepernick on the roster in two thousand-sixteenth and they've suggested that all trade talks to this point have been fueled by Kaepernick's agents.

However, Elway couldn't have met with Kapernick without permission from the 49ers.

One of roadblocks for a trade is that the Denver Broncos have deemed Kaepernick worthy of a fourth-round draft pick. -- plus the Broncos don’t have a trade-able fourth-round choose in the upcoming draft. They've picks at the finish of the second (No. sixty-three overall) and third (No. ninety-four overall) rounds.

A second obstacle is Kaepernick’s salary. Denver has the smallest quantity of salary-cap space in the league, $1.6 million, according to the National Football League Players Association.

They could clear space by cutting former starting left tackle Ryan Clady, but that wouldn’t be sufficient to get on Kaepernick’s contract. He's due to create a total of $14.3 million in 2016.

Elway also is likely interested in how Kaepernick is recovering from his thee surgeries, which were to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. The shoulder, a torn labrum, is the most serious and it'll be another mo or so before he's fully cleared by doctors.

Kaepernick had athroscopic surgery on the knee in Jan to clear out ‘floating bodies’ from the joint. It also should be full go in about a month. The final procedure was to repair a tear in his thumb ligament; that injury should be fully healed shortly.

The Broncos have a excellent relationship with the Steadman Clinic where Kaepernick’s surgeries took place.

The 49ers' voluntary offseason program begins Monday. If Kaepernick attends ninety % of the sessions, he'll earn another $400.000 this season, but it's not been determined whether he'll attend. The Broncos’ offseason program starts on April 18.

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