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Report: Eagles could have had Colin Kaepernick

Michael Vick looked pretty impressive in Philadelphia's Week 1 win over Washington, but what would the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick look like running the Eagles offense?

Report: Eagles could have had Colin Kaepernick

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Michael Vick looked pretty impressive in Philadelphia’s Week 1 win over Washington, but what would the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick look like running the Eagles offense?

According to a recent report from Adam Schefter, we were pretty close to finding out.

From Schefter:

In the weeks leading up to the 2012 draft, the Eagles came close to trading a second-round draft pick to the 49ers for Kaepernick, league sources tell ESPN. The 49ers were open to trading him because Alex Smith just had led them to the NFC Championship Game and they weren't sure what to do with their now-starting quarterback.

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One league source maintains that the Eagles backed out of the proposed deal when they decided they would be able to draft Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, whom they geared their whole draft around, league sources said. But then, just before Philadelphia could draft Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks selected him, leaving the Eagles to take Nick Foles, another quarterback they rated highly, though not nearly as high as Wilson.

So, instead of landing either Kaepernick or Wilson, two dynamic young quarterbacks who are helping to re-define the position, the Eagles ended up with Nick Foles, who has been unable to wrestle the starting spot away from an aging Vick.

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