General manager Trent Baalke strongly denied a report late Sunday night that the 49ers are seeking to trade quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Colin is our quarterback and we are excited to have him,” Baalke said in a statement. “He is not going anywhere. The media reports suggesting otherwise are without merit and, quite frankly, ridiculous.”
Jayson Braddock of KBME radio in Houston reported the 49ers have put Kaepernick on the trade block and they’re taking offers for the four-year veteran. The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears have inquired about a trade, according to the report.
Kaepernick is the only quarterback the 49ers have on their roster. Blaine Gabbert, who served as the backup last season, and Josh Johnson are scheduled for free agency. The 49ers have shown interest in free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, a league source confirmed.
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In June, the 49ers reached a $115 million contract extension with Kaepernick through the 2020 season. The deal included a $12.328 million signing bonus. Kaepernick is scheduled to make $12.8 million this season in salary and bonuses.
Recently, 49ers CEO Jed York talked about being able to use Kaepernick’s unique skills to create problems for opposing defenses.
“How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can’t think of many,” York said in an interview on the NFL Network while attending the Super Bowl.
“But you have to put Kap in a position where he can make those plays. And put Kap in a position where we can run the ball (and) we can throw the ball in ways that allow him to be successful and let him be the absolute stud that he can be on the field. And I think that’s what you’re going to see from us next year. Defenses are not going to want to play against us because you’re not going to know where we’re going to hit you.”
Kaepernick ranked 20th in the NFL with a passer rating of 86.4 last season. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Kaepernick achieved career-highs with 3,369 passing yards and 641 yards rushing.
Kaepernick posted a 98.3 passer rating in seven starts in 2012 after then-coach Jim Harbaugh elevated him permanently to the starting lineup in place of Alex Smith. With Kaepernick at quarterback, the 49ers advanced to Super Bowl XLVII. He threw for 302 yards in the 49ers’ 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.