The San Francisco 49ers find themselves facing a dilemma with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The former franchise quarterback is said to be done with the organization despite reports the two were working out a contract extension. While the 49ers would like to keep Colin Kaepernick for the future -- largely at the insistence of ownership and new head coach Chip Kelly -- he seems ready to close the book on his time in Santa Clara.
While the Rams no doubt have need of a quarterback, the question of value comes into play with Kaepernick set to make over $11 million next season and any team taking him would have to accept his sizeable cap hit with whatever trade value the Niners will demand in return. Per our conversation with Jennifer Chan of SBNation's Niners Nation, it seems extremely likely that San Francisco GM Trent Baalke will be demanding picks and that might be the one thing the Rams can't afford to give up with a potential overhaul at several key positions coming.
There is a lot of great value in the Draft and the Rams have a tough task ahead with the No. 15 overall pick. Much of what they would like to do will be dictated by some of those picking ahead of them, but need-based drafting could still leave the Rams with a number of desirable selections when their time on the clock rolls around. For Rams GM Les Snead, the logical course of action will be determined by how their cornerback situation plays out in free agency -- the Rams have already used one tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
Should the Rams fail to negotiate terms with either Rodney McLeod or Janoris Jenkins, they could be tempted into drafting one of the many talented defensive players leading the way in this year's NFL Draft. Wide receiver and quarterback represent the other two significant positions of need for Los Angeles and the Draft is a little light on sure-fire offensive picks. Fisher's background may cause him to play it safe and draft Eli Apple or Vernon Hargreaves if they are still there. If Jalen Ramsey somehow falls to No. 15, the Rams would be foolish not to pick him up.
All of this makes the availability of Kaepernick that much more intriguing for the Rams. On the one hand, Fisher hasn't had an abudance of success when having quarterbacks forced into his offense by management. On the dominant hand, Fisher likes Rams ownership and they seem to get on well with him. Fisher's public statements about the Rams' quarterback intentions may not match what he, Snead, and owner Stan Kroenke have planned behind closed doors.
Either way, this is a situation worth watching.