San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta on Tuesday that he would like to join the New York Jets. However, the Jets' leading wide receiver Brandon Marshall isn't so keen on the idea.
Speaking with ESPN's First Take on Wednesday, Marshall cut right to the point, saying: "I don't want Kaepernick."
He took the opportunity to back his current quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who helped lead the Jets to a 10-6 season although they missed the playoffs.
"I think he’s good. My guy’s Fitz. It’s nothing against Kaepernick… I have my quarterback, so I’m good."
Catching passes from Fitzpatrick, who is a free agent this offseason, Marshall reeled in a career-high 109 receptions and 14 touchdowns—which led the NFL—to go along over 1,500 yards. With those kinds of numbers, it's easy to see why Marshall is content with Fitzpatrick.
Since Mehta's reports, Dom Cosentino of NJ.com heard from a source that those rumors about Kaepernick's desire to join the Jets were false. Cosentino reported earlier in January that both Fitzpatrick and the Jets want to be reunited for the 2016 season.
Therefore, there wouldn't be much of a need to bring in Kaepernick to possibly throw off chemistry in the Jets' offense.
Kaepernick's future with the 49ers is still up in the air after the hiring of Chip Kelly as the team's head coach. Having been benched during the 2015 season in favor of Blaine Gabbert, rumors swirled throughout the year that Kaepernick would be cut by the team.
Yet team CEO Jed York told the Rich Eisen Show on Jan. 28th that this could be a fresh start for Kaepernick as he wants the quarterback "to get back healthy as soon as possible. We want to make sure that he's able to take the field whenever he's available."
The Kaepernick saga is bound to take a few more turns as the offseason continues, but it doesn't look like he will be accepted with open arms by one of the Jets' best offensive playmakers, even if there is truth to Mehta's reports.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com