Trent Baalke Says 49ers Will Keep Kaepernick: ‘Chip Is Anxious To Work With Him’
There are two things that everyone in the nation has an opinion on: Donald Trump, and Pablo Sandoval's weight. Oh, and Colin Kaepernick.
The public has been loud and clear: He stinks! He's not qualified. He should go away! But enough about Trump. Kaepernick had a stinky 2014-15, was supplanted by something called a Blaine Gabbert, and most thought that he was through -- even though he recently led the 49ers to two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. According to speculation, the 49ers were going to dump Kaepernick before April 1, when his $11.9 million base salary becomes guaranteed.
But lo and behold, 49ers GM Trent Baalke said today that the team is keeping Kaepernick. He'll be on the roster April 1. Kaepernick is under contract through the 2020 season as part of a six-year, $114 million contract he signed in 2014.
So I'm figuring what happened is that Chip Kelly finally got around to talking to Balkee about Kaepernick, and the new coach says he likes him. And like a kid finding a stray puppy, he asked if he could keep him. Baalke (reluctantly): Oh, OK.
Baalke, talking to CSN Bay Area at the NFL combine:
“The No. 1 focus is getting him healthy,” Baalke said of Kaepernick. “Chip is excited to work with him, just as he’s excited to work with all of these guys. He doesn’t know these guys. I don’t think there’s anybody on our team that has come over from Philly, so he has no working knowledge of any of these guys. So he’s just as excited as anybody to get out there and get going.”
But does Kaepernick want to stay in San Francisco? Baalke said he hasn't talked with any of representatives, bit there's no indication that Kaepernick wants to leave.
If Kelly doesn't like what he sees, though, the 49ers could trade him.
“Bottom line, all of these guys under contract are under contract and the expectation is to move forward with them,” Baalke said. “I can’t predict tomorrow with anybody. The expectation is he’s on our roster. I’ve stated that multiple times.”
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