Recently there’s been a notion that the San Francisco 49ers should trade second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and that does not make sense. Even with four quarterbacks on the roster with Alex Smith, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien that doesn’t mean a move is necessary.
Johnson signed this offseason because of his familiarity with Jim Harbaugh as he played for him at the University of San Diego. The rationale for the signing is to give competition for the no.2 quarterback spot and Johnson has also experience as a starter as he started four games in his rookie season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 and started one game in 2011, he also appeared in 21 other games for a total of 26 appearances.
He did not win a game as a starter, he completed 54.2 percent of his passes, threw for 1,042 yards, threw five touchdowns to 10 interceptions, a long of 42 and got sacked 16 times. So, even with some experience and his familiarity with Harbaugh it does not leapfrog him over Kaepernick who barely saw action in 2011 appearing in three games in which he went 3/5 for 35 yards and a long of 19. Tolzien is also in his second year, yet did not see any playing time and spent the year on the practice squad.
Harbaugh said “the competition for no. 2 and no. 3 will be there when we get to training camp. That will unfold with the practices and the preseason games. That will be very exciting.”
Trading Kaepernick makes little sense because the 49ers traded three draft picks to the Denver Broncos to take him with the 36th pick and the Broncos selected Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter and traded the other pick to the Green Bay Packers who selected D.J. Williams.
The view on Kaepernick when drafted is that it would take him a few years to develop and with Smith signing a three-year contract extension he has plenty of time to showcase his talent. Even if Johnson does beat him out for the no.2 spot this season he can return the favor during the season or next year.
If the 49ers were to entertain thoughts of trading him what would the team get in return or would there even be an offer? There’s not much of a need for a quarterback with no experience and that is several years away from being a starter. The most likely scenario for the way the season begins is Kaepernick as the no.2 , Johnson the no.3 and Tolzien being sent to the practice squad.