With the offseason program in the books, let's enlist the help of our readers for our first pre-training camp 49ers Mailbag. . .
Do you see any chance the Niners trade Kap next year? (Chris Standart)
No, and here’s why: If the 49ers aren’t going to be willing to pay Colin Kaepernick at his scheduled contract for next year, I don’t see another team stepping in and saying, “Well, the 49ers don’t want him at that price and they know him very well, but we’ll go ahead and do it.”
As things now stand, Kaepernick is scheduled to make $14.3 million in 2016. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst likes Kaepernick a lot. Kaepernick is going to get every benefit of the doubt with the 49ers because there is genuine appreciation for how hard he works and how seriously he takes his job. Plus, the 49ers do not have anyone on the roster that is viewed as potentially a better option.
Has anything so far with the Niners offseason programs made you gain any optimism for the upcoming season? (Chris Schmidbauer)
Fans of the 49ers should feel good about all their concerns of the past are being addressed.
The 49ers worked daily on the mechanics of getting the play called and breaking the huddle with more than 20 seconds remaining on the play clock. They’ve worked on their short-passing game with Kaepernick implementing more screens and swing passes into the offensive plan. They want Vernon Davis to return to being a factor on offense. They appear to be placing a lot of emphasis on developing their young players. The defense is almost certain to do more blitzing. Discipline and accountability – on and off the field – have been areas of focus for the organization, too.
Whether any of that translates into wins, it’s too early to tell. But if you’re looking for reasons to be optimistic, I’d start with that list.
Any chance Niners land Evan Mathis? (Faisal Refai)
Mathis, a 10-year veteran whom the Eagles released last week, is looking for a lucrative contract. There is no way the 49ers are going to pay big money for a 33-year-old guard. If Mathis does not get what he desires from any team around the league, then maybe the 49ers would consider adding him. But the 49ers feel pretty good about their depth at those inside spots, so consider it a long shot – at this point – that he ends up in Santa Clara.