SANTA CLARA –- Colin Kaepernick’s contract might be a series of one-year deals, but 49ers general manager Trent Baalke made it clear the quarterback position is not in question for the upcoming season.
“Obviously, Colin’s our starting quarterback,” Baalke said of Kaepernick, who is scheduled to make $12.8 million in salary. “Colin Kaepernick’s the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.”
Former coach Jim Harbaugh brought Kaepernick to the 49ers as a second-round draft pick in 2011. Kaepernick expressed support for Harbaugh throughout a tumultuous season when it was apparent the coach’s time with the 49ers was coming to an end.
On Thursday, the day new coach Jim Tomsula was announced as the organization’s 19th head coach, Kaepernick expressed enthusiasm over the direction of the organization.
“I’m very excited that he’s going to be our head coach,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “I think he is a tremendous coach, as well as a great guy, and I know he’s going to help us win. He is always upbeat and fun to be around. I can’t wait to get a playbook in my hands.”
Kaepernick in his first week working out in Arizona with Hall of Fame finalist Kurt Warner, among other personal quarterback coaches at the EXOS workout facility.
“That’s who Colin is,” Tomsula said. “Colin is a hard-working guy who really wants it. And anybody that’s had a chance to sit and talk with him individually, he’s really a nice guy. He’s a good guy. He’s a thoughtful guy. He’s an intelligent guy. He’s a guy with a perspective.
“Talk about sending him down to work with Kurt Warner, you’re going to get something out of it.”