Report: $4.9 Million Holding Up The Colin Kaepernick Trade

Can the two sides overcome this remaining obstacle?

John Elway goes about his business with hubris and aplomb. Not only has Elway managed to negotiate the parameters of a trade — a mid-round pick — that would send Colin Kaepernick to Denver, but now, he's asking the San Francisco 49ers pay for the privilege. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Elway and the Denver Broncos are willing to pay $7 million of Kaepernick's $11.9 million guaranteed 2016 salary. That remaining $4.9 million? Elway wants San Francisco to pay it. 

As for Kaepernick, he's unwilling to forfeit the $4.9 million he's owed, and for good reason. Imagine it — as a player, who worked his entire life to earn that $11.9 million, would you give up almost $5 million dollars just to play for the defending Super Bowl champions? 

This will be a classic situation of who blinks first. As for the remaining years on Kaepernick's current contract, Schefter reports the two sides are seeing eye to eye. The fly in the ointment is all about 2016. 

Kaepernick and Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway have met twice, as the San Francisco Chronicle previously reported. Kaepernick and Denver have made progress on the other years in the quarterback's contract, which runs through 2020, leaving the 2016 season as the only obstacle, according to a source.

Until and unless the two teams can agree on who will pay the remaining $4.9 million, this would-be trade will hang at a stand-still. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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