Philly's Kaepernick Interest Could Send Ripples in 49erland

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    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the Nevada Wolf Pack rolls out during the first half of the game against the Missouri Tigers on September 13, 2008.

    It's no surprise that the San Francisco 49ers are not the only team interested in Colin Kaepernick.

    But it may be a little bit of a surprise that one of the teams working out the former Nevada quarterback is the quarterback-rich Philadelphia Eagles.

    Kaepernick, who threw for 3,022 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for another 1,206 yards and 20 touchdowns, was scheduled to work out for Andy Reid and the Eagles in Philadelphia Wednesday.

    The try out comes on the heels of the race to land Philadelphia's current back up quarterback Kevin Kolb has heated up.

    This despite the fact that no team can trade for him until the league has a new collective bargaining agreement or a judge issues an injunction.

    The 49ers were the first team to work out Kaepernick last week. Some draft pontificators have the Nevada product landing in San Francisco's lap in the second round of next month's draft.

    But some other NFL "insiders" also have the 49ers as one of the team's that may land the player Kaepernick might replace if Philadelphia were to draft him.

    Most recently, CNNSI's Don Banks wrote that the 49ers along with the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks are three teams expected to be interested in Kolb once he becomes available.

    Monday Banks publication also reported that one team had already made an offer for a first round draft pick for Kolb. That team is widely believed to be the Seattle Seahawks.

    Tuesday at the NFL meetings, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll didn't deny that his team was asking about Kolb.

    "It's good that people think that,'' Carroll said about Kolb possibly playing for his team next season. "Because every opportunity that's available, we investigate. We want to [take] every opportunity, and that's one that's been out there. They've said he's a guy they would possibly move. So those kind of discussions, it doesn't matter where it's coming from, we're trying to be privy to all of it. We just want to know what's going on.''

    Most believe the 49ers and the Cardinals would not be interested in trading a first round pick as high as the two teams have for Kolb. Arizona picks at No. 5, while the 49ers are two spots later. Seattle doesn't draft until No. 25.

    If Seattle did land Kolb, the move could unravel a ripple effect, which could impact what veteran the 49ers land and what rookie quarterback of the future the team drafts.

    Philadelphia is already preparing for life without Kolb -- or at least driving the price up to acquire the back up -- by working out Kaeprenick. With Kolb gone, Philadelphia would become just one more team in need of a quarterback in the second round.

    The good news for the 49ers is that San Francisco drafts eight spots ahead of Philadelphia in the second round. There is however expected to be a rush on quarterbacks in the second round.

    As for a veteran quarterback, respected 49ers' beat reporter Matt Maiocco told KNBR listeners Monday that he believes if Seattle acquires Kolb that current Seahawks quarterback and pending free agent Matt Hasselbeck would become San Francisco's starting quarterback.