Report: Kaepernick to opt out of 49ers contract, become free agent

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Calif. After months of trade talk and speculation, Kaepernick is still on the 49er's roster and due a hefty payday. The quarterback's $11.9 million 2016 contract became guaranteed at 1 p.m. local time Thursday, March 31, 2016, when the 49ers kept him on the roster. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick will be opting out of his contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. 

Kaepernick’s representatives notified all 32 NFL teams Wednesday that the quarterback will become a free agent.

According to ESPN, the league was notified in a letter sent to the teams by Kaepernick’s new representation. Kaepernick had seven days before the new league year begins (March 9) to opt out.

The decision to opt out comes following a tumultuous season where he spent the first five games warming the bench.

It was only after an underwhelming display from Blaine Gabbert that Kaepernick regained his title as sailor of the Red and Gold’s sinking ship.

The 49ers only achieved one victory with Kaepernick at the helm, and finished 2-14 overall.

His political activism, however, overshadowed his questionable performance on the field.

NFL Network first reported the news:

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