The quarterback-needy Denver Broncos had an up-close look at Colin Kaepernick during two days of joint practices with the 49ers in August.
Broncos general manager John Elway, a two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will try to replace Peyton Manning this offseason. Manning officially retired this week after the Broncos' season culminated with a victory over the Carolina Panthers last month in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium.
Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler is scheduled for unrestricted free agency, which officially begins Wednesday at 1 p.m.. The Houston Texans are reportedly battling the Broncos to sign Osweiler. The team that does not sign Osweiler could turn its attention to Kaepernick, who has requested permission from the 49ers to seek a trade.
After watching the 49ers practice for two days in late-August, Elway and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak both weighed in on Kaepernick.
“I’ve always liked Colin,” Elway said after the practices at the Broncos’ training complex in Englewood, Colorado. “He’s very athletic and he can make a lot of big plays. He’s doing more within the pocket, which I think if he continues to do that, it’ll help him. But he’s a great athlete, and he’s got that big-play ability to avoid things and make things happen.”
Said Kubiak, “He’s got a big-time arm. He can make every throw, and then when you cover people up he goes and makes plays. He’s obviously a special player, and to have a good team in this league, you better have a special player at that position.”