Trade talks surrounding embattled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have reached a stalemate, according to a report from CSNBayArea’s Matt Maiocco. At this point, newly-minted head coach Chip Kelly and his staff are fully preparing to have the 28-year-old compete for the starting job once training camp begins, according to Maiocco’s source.
“There’s a good chance he’s still on the team the way things look now,” the source told Maiocco.
Additionally, the source said that the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and New York Jets — teams presently without the services of a starting quarterback — have displayed no urgency in acquiring the former Super Bowl starter. As previously reported on byteclay.com, the source added the team is holding strong to its demands to make the trade — a second- or early third-round pick in next month’s upcoming draft.
More, the source confirmed what general manager Trent Baalke stated at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine: the 49ers will not release Kaepernick before April 1, when his $11.9 base salary for the 2016 season becomes fully guaranteed.
Chip Kelly was in attendance at Stanford University’s pro day on Thursday, and when asked to address the quarterback situation, said the following: “I’d love to have him,” adding, “I’m a big Kap fan.”
He said Kaepernick has never hinted directly, or subliminally, that he’d prefer to play someplace else. At the Scouting Combine, Kelly told the assembled media he thought Kaepernick was excited to get to work with himself and the new staff. Just hours later, multiple reports surfaced that agents approached the team and requested permission to seek a trade. Kelly addressed this matter at Stanford as well, saying no such conversations ever took place while he was in the room, those meetings would be with Baalke, or former team president, Paraag Marathe, he said.
“I never got that from Colin,” Kelly said. “That was his agents talking to Trent. They had a meeting with Trent and Paraag. I’ve never been privy to any of that stuff.
“I talked to Kap two days ago. We had a good conversation. That’s the business side of this game. And whatever that is, that is. If he’s here on the fourth (of April), we’ll be ready to go.”
The 49ers will kick off their voluntary offseason training program on April 4, by which time Kaepernick is expected to be rehabilitated from surgeries on his shoulder, knee and thumb in 2015. He is expected to visit the 49ers on Friday for a follow-up examination, and team officials are prohibited from discussing football matters with him until the aforementioned training window opens.
“He said he’s doing well,” Kelly said. “He’s back in Vail, still rehabbing. But he said he feels like he’s on track. He’s getting healthy and he’s excited. And that’s the biggest thing for him, just getting healthy.
“I talk to him. ‘If you’re here, we’re going to coach the heck out of you.’ And he was excited about that. I said I understand there’s a business side to this, and you guys deal with the business side. That’s why he has an agent, and that’s why we have a personnel department. They deal with all of that stuff.
“I deal with him as a football player, and he’s been great.”
David Barclay is the 49ers Insider for byteclay.com. Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @DJamesIII