49ers Bench QB Colin Kaepernick For Gabbert
After a 2-6 start, the San Francisco 49ers are making some major changes... the most notable being the benching of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
According to ESPN, the Niners want to turn things around and are swapping Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert at starting quarterback. He'll be taking over QB duties on Sunday (Nov. 8), when the Niners play at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
On Monday (Nov. 2), coach Jim Tomsula said the team was "evaluating everything," including benching Kaepernick. Also earlier in the day, they traded tight end Vernon Davis and a 2016 seventh-round pick to the Denver Broncos in return for sixth-round picks in 2016 and 2017.
Kaepernick signed a six-year contract extension in June 2014, worth a reported $110 million, including a record $61 million guaranteed... so with his current status, it's unclear what his future will be with the 49ers.
Since taking the starting job from Alex Smith midway through the 2011 season, Kaepernick had led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 18 years after the 2012 season, losing to Baltimore; and to the NFC title game after the 2013 season.