IFWT_Colin Kaepernick

There’s been talks about the San Francisco 49ers parting ways with Colin Kaepernick.  Injuries and lowered production saw a sharp decline in his popularity with the franchise.  A clause in his contract allows the 49ers to release him in 2016, 2017 and 2018 before April 1 before any remaining money on his contract that was guaranteed for injury only, becomes fully guaranteed.  Many thought the 49ers would utilize the clause and the New York Jets was reportedly Kaepernick’s preferred destination but now it’s reported that won’t be happening.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday that quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be on the team’s roster on April 1, when his $11.9 million base salary for 2016 becomes fully guaranteed.

Baalke made the announcement at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Baalke was later asked at the podium if Kaepernick would be the Niners’ starter or if he would have to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the job.

“I think the good thing is we’ve got two guys that have gone into games who’ve proven they can play, 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,” Baalke said at his podium availability.

“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.”

Kaepernick, 28, is recovering from three surgeries (left shoulder, right thumb, left knee).

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source: ESPN