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Colin Kaepernick Makes San Francisco 49ers 53-Man Roster

Colin Kaepernick lost his starting quarterback job last season, and is a controversial figure over the last few weeks, for his refusal to stand for the national anthem out of protest.

Some thought he may be one of the final cuts by the San Francisco 49ers ahead of the regular season. Instead, he will be on the team's Week 1 53-man roster.

That does not mean Kaepernick will win the starting spot from former Jacksonville Jaguars first round pick Blaine Gabbert, however. Like Robert Griffin III during his last year in Washington, Kaepernick has a large injury guarantee in his contract, which may help sway the Niners' thinking.


The question going forward is how much playing time -- if any -- Kaepernick receives in 2016. As Garafolo reported Friday on NFL Network, the quarterback's contract is a potential issue.

Kaepernick is already guaranteed $11.9 million and can earn another $2 million in roster bonuses depending on playing time. His deal also comes equipped with nearly $25 million in injury guarantees after this year.

"If they have those injury guarantees going forward," Garafolo said, "you could see (a Robert Griffin III)-type situation where they don't let him do much because they're afraid of him getting injured."

There has been plenty of speculation as to whether Kaepernick would be dealt to another team. With the Minnesota Vikings' surprising trade for Sam Bradford this morning, that was effectively removed as a possibility. The Dallas Cowboys have also reportedly signed Mark Sanchez, who was cut by the Denver Broncos earlier today.

Colin Kaepernick played a fair amount for the Niners in their final game of the preseason, completing 11-of-18 passes for 103 yards, and rushing for 38 yards. In 2012, he led San Francisco to the Super Bowl, where the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

San Francisco opens the season at home on Monday, September 12 against the Los Angeles Rams.