Suddenly It’s Rainbows, Candy And Pixie Dust For Colin Kaepernick And The 49ers
Colin Kaepernick broke his silence on his situation with the 49ers after Day 2 of mini-camp today, telling reporters that he's happy in San Francisco (lie detector needle shudders crazily), he hasn't even thought about a trade request ("False!" sign flashes), and that he's not blaming injuries on his poor performance last season (well, that's true). CSN Bay Area:
“I haven’t even thought about a trade request in a long time,” Kaepernick said Thursday, his first interview in six months since the season ended. “I’m here, I’m a 49er, I’m excited for this offseason, the work that I can put in this summer to get ready for training camp and to come in and compete.”
San Francisco dragged its feet in trying to trade Kaepernick during the off-season, figuring there would be many suitors. When there weren't, and a potential deal with Denver fell through, both sides determined to make the best of the status quo. Kaepernick had requested a trade, and the 49ers would have been happy to oblige -- if they could have secured a decent deal.
San Francisco let his $11.9 million 2016 contract go guaranteed in late March, complicating any trade.
Kaepernick says he's been working out religiously, adding muscle and ultimately will be heavier for training camp, which begins in July. He had surgery during the off-season on his right thumb, his left knee, and his non-throwing left shoulder (to repair a torn labrum). He'll be trying to win his starting job back from Blaine Gabbert, who took over in 2015 when Kaepernick because he was inneffective/was injured. Denver Post:
“To be perfectly blunt with you, I didn’t play my best football last year — injury, no injury,” Kaepernick said.
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