Who will start at quarterback for the 49ers in 2016 remains unknown.
Blaine Gabbert is entering the final season of his two-year contract, while former star Colin Kaepernick is rehabbing from three surgeries and requested a trade this offseason.
The team also added Thad Lewis in free agency and selected Louisiana Tech product Jeff Driskel in the sixth round of the 2016 draft.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Montana was asked on Sports Illustrated Now about the quarterback situation in San Francisco, specifically as it pertains to Kaepernick.
“Well, (the quarterback) is usually the leader of the team in most cases. And people look to (Kaepernick) at this point, and he's a quiet person. You know, he doesn't share a lot, he doesn't talk to a lot of the guys," Montana told SI.com. "And that's difficult for an offense to operate because the communication between the quarterback and the receiver is one of the most important things.
"Even with your offensive line, when there's problems, you have to be able to talk to those guys and figure it out while you're out on the field," he added. "And when you have a guy who doesn't really want to be there, you don't know whether to put yourself behind him or not. And you want to believe in him, but if he doesn't want to be there then — I'm sure they did everything they could to try and get him to some place he'd be happy because it would be best for both teams.”
The franchise passing leader wasn't the only one to weigh in.
Montana's former teammate on the 49ers, Jerry Rice, told SINow a couple weeks earlier, "It's hard not to believe (Kaepernick is 'out the door'). I mean, as a player, if I'm in the locker room, I'm saying to myself, 'If you're not going to be an important part here, then why are you here?'"
The 49ers in 2011 traded up with the Broncos to select Kaepernick at No. 36 overall out of Nevada-Reno. He went 17-6-0 over his first season and a half as a starter before going 10-14-0 over his last two.
Kaepernick threw six touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games in 2015.