While visiting San Jose State’s pro day on Wednesday, newly minted 49ers head coach Chip Kelly exchanged a few more words on the status of embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the Sacramento Bee.
“If he’s here on April 4 we’re going to coach the heck out of him and he’s going to to work his (tail) off,” Kelly told the Bee.
April 4 is when the 49ers voluntary offseason training program kicks off, and the team has maintained they plan on retaining the 27-year-old’s services should a trade not surface to send him someplace else. Though there have been multiple teams reported among those interested in acquiring Kaepernick, the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos are said to be at the head of the pack — San Francisco and Denver have remained far apart on compensation, and Cleveland reportedly said they’d be willing to make the trade should the quarterback agree to restructure his contract and take a pay cut, something Kaepernick has not agreed to.
Since undergoing three surgeries in 2015, Kaepernick has opted to complete his rehab in Vail, Col., instead of at the team facilities in Santa Clara. During last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, Kelly said that Kaepernick “wants to be here.”
“He’s never expressed to me that he doesn’t want to be here. He expressed to me that he was excited about getting healthy and getting going. And we’re excited about him getting healthy and getting going.”
However, just a few hours later, his agents asked the team permission to seek a trade. Kelly said today that Kaepernick is scheduled to report to Santa Clara later this week for a physical, according to the Bee’s report. If he does not pass said physical, his $11.9 million base for the 2016 season becomes fully guaranteed.
“He says he’s doing well, progressing nicely,” Kelly told the Bee.
On the flip side, should he pass the physical, the 49ers could release him with a post-June 1 designation, saving the team $13.45 million in salary cap dollars, according to Overthecap.com. The team’s plan, however, according to the Bee’s report, is to get Kaepernick to buy-in and work in Kelly’s system if a trade cannot be agreed upon.
While Kelly and his staff were presumably visiting San Jose State to scout the talents of running back Tyler Ervin, he is also scheduled to attend Stanford’s pro day on Thursday, where quarterback Kevin Hogan will showcase his abilities, and Cal’s pro day to have a look at quarterback Jared Goff. Additionally, the 49ers met with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook on Wednesday at his pro day.
David Barclay is the 49ers Insider for byteclay.com. Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @DJamesIII