After a four-game losing streak with Blaine Gabbert at the helm — a stretch where the former first-round pick threw for just four touchdowns and six interceptions and posted an average passer rating of 65.1 — the team is making a change, Chip Kelly announced on Tuesday. Kelly and the staff met earlier in the day to discuss a potential quarterback swap.
Kelly said that the move had nothing to do with Kaepernick’s soon-to-be altered contract status, which should negate some of the balky injury guarantees in his previous long-term deal. Kaepernick said Tuesday to reporters that his contract is still being worked on. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that he’s expected to sign the new deal before he steps on the field.
When asked about reassuming the starting position in San Francisco, Kaepernick said, I’m excited and ready to go.