By Jack Ryan
Remember all the talk that Redskins washout QB Robert Griffin III would be a good fit in Philly?
Then Chip Kelly was fired by the Eagles so it was changed to, “Anywhere Kelly goes.”
Griffin will be on the open market at some point this offseason, and, while there’s speculation on where he’ll end up, one of the places that was intriguing to some involved Kelly.
There are, of course, some big questions and possible stumbling blocks to any sort of pairing of Griffin and Kelly.
The Niners already have a starting quarterback under contract in Colin Kaepernick and a backup in Blaine Gabbert. Kelly reportedly used to watch a lot of Nevada’s offense on film when Kaepernick was the quarterback, so perhaps he views him as a solid fit for his offense and would like to keep him around. Kaepernick’s cap hit next season is $16.8 million, but if he’s released the 49ers would save $14.3 million. One report, from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, suggested Kelly wanted to try to land Kaepernick no matter where he ended up.
They also have Gabbert signed through next season at a $2.25 million cap hit. If they released him, they’d save $2 million. And Kelly’s quarterback in Philly last season, Sam Bradford, will be a free agent.