Report: Eagles almost had Kaepernick in 2012

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Report: Eagles almost had Kaepernick in 2012
September 15, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Colin Kaepernick threw for 1,814 yards and 10 TDs in 13 games for the 49ers last season. (AP)

Imagine if Colin Kaepernick had the keys to Chip Kelly’s read-option offense. Apparently, it could have happened.

The Eagles and 49ers discussed a deal last offseason that would have brought Kaepernick to Philadelphia, according to an ESPN report that cited unnamed league sources. Had the trade gone through, it would have been Kaepernick, not Nick Foles, taking over for a concussed Mike Vick last season.

And who knows how fate would have played out for the Eagles, then-coach Andy Reid, Vick and Kaepernick had the trade not fallen through. Reid lost his job at the end of the season, Vick outlasted Foles in Kelly’s summer quarterback competition and Kaepernick last year took over for an injured Alex Smith in San Francisco and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl to become an overnight sensation.

Kaepernick’s ascent enabled the Niners to deal Smith to Kansas City, now coached by Reid, this past offseason.

According to the report, weeks before the 2012 draft, the Eagles had agreed to send a second-round pick to the Niners in exchange for Kaepernick, who was entering his second season as Smith’s backup.

Smith had just led San Francisco to the NFC Championship game, defeating Drew Brees and New Orleans at home to come within a game of the Super Bowl. They lost at home the Giants. The Eagles had picked up an extra second-round pick by virtue of their trade that sent Kevin Kolb to Arizona for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the pick.

The report, citing a league source, said the Eagles backed out of the deal because they expected to land Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, whom they had made a draft priority. The Seahawks ruined the Eagles’ plans, according to the report, by taking Wilson in the third round, 75th overall, 13 spots ahead of the Eagles, who instead drafted Foles.

The Eagles ended up using their second-round picks on linebacker Mychal Kendricks and defensive end Vinny Curry.

Interestingly, the Niners and Seahawks will play each other Sunday night, an NFC West battle between Kaepernick and Wilson, two of the game’s rising-star quarterbacks who each could have become Eagles.

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