SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Controversial Colin Kaepernick has made a decision on his NFL future

What a start to the offseason this is.

Colin Kaepernick will hit the open market when negotiations start for free agents on March 7-9.

Kaepernick will be a fascinating free agent as a former Super Bowl quarterback who looked on the cusp of becoming one of the top young players in the NFL.

He became a vegan, injured his shoulder, lost a ton of weight and made plenty of political statements by kneeling during the national anthem.

After a frustrating 2015 campaign where the 49ers only won two games and Kaepernick regressed, throwing for just 1,600 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions, the quarterback bounced back in 2016 despite his team actually getting worse.

Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.

But that wasn't the story of his 2016 campaign and it won't be the narrative moving forward.

There will certainly be teams interested, but whether they are willing to take his off-field distractions (primarily kneeling and political statements) remains to be seen.