There comes a time in the lifespan of a job that an employee is offered a new opportunity elsewhere. Reasons for taking (or not taking) the other job are many—not to mention deeply personal—and the decision, once made, has the ability to change the trajectory of life, as well as all the lives in its orbit.

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Take Therese Belivet, for example. When we meet the budding photographer at the beginning of Todd Haynes’s Oscar-nominated scorchfest Carol, she’s a shopgirl in the toy department of a Macy’s-like department store. After a friend offers to recommend her for a position at the New York Times, she finds herself questioning her skill—her worthiness.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has found himself at a similar crossroads, as he is currently mulling an offer (and dramatic pay cut) from the Denver Broncos.

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Writes Sports Illustrated:

Kaepernick’s $11.9 million salary became fully guaranteed on Thursday afternoon, meaning the 49ers can no longer release their five-year signal caller. However, the Broncos are still interested in acquiring the quarterback, assuming he is willing to accept a lower contract of $7 million for the 2016 season, reports Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole.

On Wednesday, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the 49ers do not plan on trading Kaepernick unless they are presented with an offer that blows them away. New head coach Chip Kelly has said he would love to have Kaepernick on the team and that he is a big fan of him.

Will Kaepernick keep his position at the 49ers, where he feels safe and comfortable, or will he step into the uncharted waters of the Denver Broncos—perhaps after being inspired by an older woman who suddenly drifts into his life? Only time will tell.

Images via AP, screengrab.