If Kaepernick were to fall into the tier four range — which is possible — it would add validity to the claim that many teams are simply not interested in him for reasons beyond football.
Players like Ryan Mallett, Mark Sanchez and Brandon Weeden have all gotten contracts in this tier, and Kaepernick is clearly a better option than those players. If Kaepernick does fall into this category, don’t expect him to sign a contract until training camp, after he feels all options at higher salaries have been exhausted.
If he were to sign for such low a number, Kaepernick would be one of the most underpaid players in the NFL.
After all the end-of-year drama with feature back Doug Martin, including his four-game PED suspension that will carry over into this season, Koetter and the Bucs stuck with him on and off the field. They were confident enough after seeing him in shape before the draft to select only a fifth-round running back, fellow Boise State product Jeremy McNichols.
Instead of being released, Martin will enter training camp back on top of the depth chart. He looks and feels good to the point they expect him to be rejuvenated for his return in Week 4. Behind him, Jacquizz Rodgers, a Koetter favorite, remains the versatile No. 2 and certainty can lead the committee when Martin can’t play.
McNichols is a speedy third-down pass-catching type, so that puts a cloud on the near-future role of one-time preferred change of pace Charles Sims. All signs point to Martin, 28, getting a familiar workload with a chance to produce like he did in 2012 and 2015.
With the free-agent signing of former Redskins and Eagles deep threat DeSean Jackson, the Bucs finally have someone dangerous to stretch the field opposite Mike Evans. It’s a perfect landing spot for Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys Jackson, who will see plenty of action come his way as Winston shows off his big arm more in Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys 2017. Jackson, 30, still has speed to burn against No. 2 corners outside.