Boom goes the dynamite.
Wednesday, when San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke spoke to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine, he said quarterback Colin Kaepernick was ‘absolutely’ going to be a part of the team’s future plans. Reports surfaced earlier in the month that Kaepernick wanted out of San Francisco, and apparently, sought to join the New York Jets. Baalke addressed these rumors on Wednesday as well, saying he has heard no such talk come from either side.
“I don’t where all the information coming out – who it’s coming from, because it’s not coming from myself or anyone else in the organization,” Baalke said. “The No. 1 focus is on getting him healthy. And Chip’s excited to work with him just as he’s excited to work with all these guys.”
Kaepernick, and his representatives whom have met with 49ers brass at the combine, have apparently voiced a different opinion of the situation.
The 27-year-old’s agents requested to seek a trade on Thursday, according to the NFL Network’s Rand Getlin. Kaepernick is represented by Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein of XAM Sports — the same duo which negotiated Kaepernick’s team-friendly $115 million contract extension in June 2014. Should he remain on the 49ers roster come April 1, Kaepernick will be due the base salary of his 2016 contract, $11.9 million.
Worse, the news of Kaepernick’s apparent trade request came just hours after Chip Kelly told 49ers’ reporters that he believed Kaepernick wants to remain with the Red and Gold. “He wants to be here,” Kelly said. “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.”
If the deal is done, it wouldn’t be unchartered territory for Baalke and the 49ers — during the scouting combine three years ago, the team dealt former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith in a trade to the Chiefs. Baalke was asked Wednesday if the team might be leveraging Kaepernick in a trade at this year’s combine.
“Guys, you keep going back to the same old s—,” he said. “The bottom line is that all these guys … are under contract. The expectation is to move forward with them. I can’t predict tomorrow with any of them. The expectation is that (Kaepernick’s) on our roster. I’ve said that multiple times. And I know that the coaching (staff) is looking forward to getting to work with these guys.”
David Barclay is the 49ers Insider for byteclay.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @DJamesIII