Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Trent Baalke says Colin Kaepernick will be with 49ers in 2016

In a surprising turnaround, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday at the scouting combine in Indianapolis he “absolutely” expects Kaepernick to be on 49ers this year. The team’s brass was expected to sit with Kaepernick’s representatives sometime this week.

There had been heavy speculation the 28-year-old would be traded or released following an injury-plagued 2015 season in which he was disastrously benched in favor of journeyman Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick’s $12 million salary becomes guaranteed on April 1.

"I think the good thing is we've got two guys that have gone into games who've proven they can play," Baalke said, "and Colin's done some awful good things through his career, won some big games for the San Francisco 49ers and [we] expect him to come back."

"The main focus right now is health, getting him healthy. He's done a good job with his rehab. Talking to the medical staff, that seems to be going very well, and [we] just look forward to getting him back and getting him working with this coaching staff."

Chip Kelly was hired this offseason to coach the 49ers and bring his high-octane offense to the Bay. Kaepernick has shown serious flashes as a dual-threat quarterback — the exact kind that has flourished in Kelly’s system, at least at the collegiate level — including when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season and averaged 10 wins, 3,283 yards passing and 581 yards rushing as the full-time starter in 2013-14.

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