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.
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 as it turned out, neither Kaepernick nor Wilson wound up in Philadelphia, though each came close in his own way.
And now the two quarterbacks that could have been Eagles square off Sunday night in a game that will help decide the NFC West winner -- all while Chip Kelly, Michael Vick and the much talked-about Eagles prepare to host the Chargers.