Report: 49ers, Colin Kaepernick reps to meet during NFL Combine
The San Francisco 49ers and representatives for Colin Kaepernick are expected to meet in Indianapolis this week as NFL teams converge upon the city for the NFL Combine and other league-related activities, reports the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows.
The relationship between the team and its onetime franchise quarterback appeared to sour over the past season, something that coincided with the departure of former head coach Jim Harbaugh along with Kaepernick’s worst professional season.
Kaepernick’s struggles ultimately culminated with him being benched and replaced by Blaine Gabbert after eight mostly awful games. Adding to the uncertainty is how Kaepernick recently underwent three surgeries — to his left shoulder, left knee and right thumb — an complex issue further exacerbated by how he had the procedures performed in Vail, Colo., not by team doctors at Stanford Hospital.
It was believed that the hiring of Chip Kelly would almost certainly secure Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers organization, but that assumption was quelled somewhat by comments Kelly made during his introductory press conference.
Barrows reports there is no indication that the 49ers have spoken to any teams about a trade involving the quarterback, possibly suggesting that Kelly was simply hedging his bets by not gushing over Kaepernick since coming on board with the Niners.
Still, should the 49ers ultimately decide to cut or trade Kaepernick, who is in the third year of seven-year, $126.97 million contract, it would free up nearly $8.5 million in cap space but still count roughly $7.4 million in dead money, per OverTheCap.com.
While everything involving Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers organization appears up in the air at this point, one thing is certain: If Kaepernick is still on the roster come April 1, the 49ers will be on the hook for his full base salary of $11.9 million, meaning this week’s meetings between the team and his representatives likely will be go a long way in determining the ultimate outcome.