CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The Browns are interested in trading for San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, according to multiple reports.
The interest was first reported by Mike Silver of Sports Illustrated and has since been confirmed by Adam Schefter of ESPN, as well as Cleveland.com and other outlets.
Silver, a good friend of Browns coach Hue Jackson, said on NFL Network this morning that the Browns are in pursuit of Kaepernick, along with the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos.
He said as well that the Browns are more serious in their pursuit of Kaepernick than the Jets and if Cleveland lands Kaepernick, they'd still be interested in drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The options with that selection at the quarterback position are likely North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz and California QB Jared Goff.
Kaepernick, 28, was drafted by the 49ers with the 36th overall pick in the 2011 draft and prior to his selection, Jackson was reportedly enamored by the quarterback.
Though the 49ers and new coach Chip Kelly are reportedly interested in keeping Kaepernick around next season, the quarterback has reportedly asked for a trade, after being benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert a season ago.
The 6'4 dual-threat quarterback helped the 49ers reach Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens, in which San Francisco fell by a final score of 34-31 in New Orleans.
Over his five-year career, Kaepernick has accumulated 10,030 yards and 56 touchdowns through the air, while completing nearly 60 percent of his passes.
If the Browns were to acquire Kaepernick in a trade, the team would have to pay his $11.9M salary this season.
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