Report: Broncos targeting Kaepernick in trade

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws against the Arizona Cardinals. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

After losing Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to free agency, the Denver Broncos are reportedly interested in making Colin Kaepernick their next starting quarterback.

Michael Silver of NFL Network is reporting the defending Super Bowl champions are trying to pry the 28-year-old from the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick is coming off a poor season where he ultimately found himself benched in favour of Blaine Gabbert. In eight starts he led the 49ers to a 2-6 record and threw for 1,615 yards with six touchdowns, five interceptions and a 78.5 passer rating.

The Nevada product burst onto the scene in 2012 making plays with his legs and his arm and taking the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl.  Since that season he’s failed to recapture his early-career success, and has seen his passer rating decline every year.

Kaepernick would reportedly be willing to facilitate a deal by re-working his contract.

The Broncos could see the 49ers’ quarterback as a strong bounce-back candidate given his arm strength, athleticism and past success. The team did not have a particularly strong aerial attack in 2015 ranking 14th in yards per game (248.1) and 31st in passer rating (76.3).

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