SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s status with the 49ers remains unchanged from late February, when he held a spot on the team’s roster and had the ability to speak with other teams about seeking a trade.
“Nothing’s changed,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said on Wednesday. “We said at the combine our intentions were to have him on this roster. He’s still on this roster.”
And, yet, Kaepernick still remains available in a trade. When CSNBayArea.com asked Baalke on Wednesday during a session with reporters if the 49ers would take the quarterback off the trade market, Baalke kept the option open.
“You never say never in this business,” Baalke said. “That gets you in trouble. For me to say, ‘Never,’ I’m not going to do that. I wouldn’t do that with any player on our roster. Every day as you see leading up to this draft, things change daily. Heck, they change by the minute right now within rosters. I cannot predict the future.”
Kaepernick is currently taking part in the 49ers’ offseason program after failing to reach a contract agreement with the Denver Broncos. Kaepernick declined a new deal that would pay him $7 million in base salary the next two seasons, CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach recently reported.
Kaepernick’s current base salary from the 49ers is fully guaranteed at $11.9 million. Sources have told CSNBayArea.com that if the Broncos and Kaepernick work out a contract agreement, the pieces would likely fall into place for the 49ers and Broncos to complete the trade.
“Everyone was speculating that he was gone, for sure,” Baalke said. “We said then (in February) he’d be on this roster as of April 1. It’s (April 20), and he’s still here.
“Right now, he’s out there. He’s practicing. He’s doing good in his rehab. That seems to be progressing well. He’s going to all the meetings. He’s very into-it. He’s very attentive. He’s working hard. The coaches are excited about it, just as they are getting a chance to work with all of these guys. And there’s nothing else to report.”
Kaepernick is expected to be at least two weeks away from being cleared for football activity after undergoing surgeries on his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. He is taking part in some aspects of the 49ers’ offseason program.
“My understanding is he’s doing some drops, and stuff like that, mimicking the plays that go on and getting a feel for the offense, the timing and the rhythm of it,” Baalke said. “He’s not able to do anything much more than that.”
Agents Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein requested permission for Kaepernick to seek a trade in a meeting with Baalke and 49ers chief negotiator Paraag Marathe at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. But Baalke suggested a trade is not necessarily what Kaepernick wants.
“I don’t think you’ve ever seen that quoted by Colin,” Baalke said. “You speculated based on what the agent has asked for. I don’t think Colin has ever come out and said that publicly, to my knowledge. If he has, I haven’t seen it.
“I can’t get into what his feelings are. I’ve not addressed them directly with Colin. That’s just not something we’ve done at this point.”