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Report: Browns not interested in Kaepernick “at this time”

Colin Kaepernick, Courtney Upshaw


It didn’t take long before a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media linking the Texans to a possible trade for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was rebutted by another report from Houston.

Now the same has happened in Cleveland, where the Browns were also listed as a possible suitor for Kaepernick should the 49ers start looking for trading partners for their quarterback. Mary Kay Cabot of reports that the Browns are not interested in trading for Kaepernick “at this time.”

Browns coach Hue Jackson told Peter King in 2013 that the Raiders considered trading up for Kaepernick when he was the head coach in Oakland during the 2011 draft and that they “wanted the kid in the worst way.” Many years have passed since then and Jackson may feel differently now, but the “at this time” part of the report suggests things could change at some point this offseason.

Kaepernick reportedly asked for a trade last week while 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly were saying that they wanted him back for the 2016 season during media sessions at the Combine in Indianapolis.