Santa Clara (KRON) The San Francisco 49ers started its first offseason program under new head coach Chip Kelly this week and the main story looming over team headquarters is the future of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The 28-year-old has been the subject of much trade speculation for the last several months and earlier this week, reports surfaced the team is willing to trade him to the Denver Broncos.
However, a potential deal has been reportedly held up because Kaepernick and the Broncos have been unable to agree on financial terms.
As part of his contract, Kaepernick is guaranteed $11.9 million, but according to reports, the Broncos don’t want to pay that price and either want the 49ers to pick up some of it or have Kaepernick take a pay cut.
KRON4’s Mark Carpenter was at 49ers Headquarters in Santa Clara Wednesday morning.
While the situation is unresolved, Kaepernick is still attending the offseason meetings at team headquarters.
“We treat Kaep the same way,”said 49ers running back Carlos Hyde. “He’s a part of the team right now. He’s in there every day. He’s in the big room with us and we treat him like he’s our teammate.”
Linebacker Navorro Bowman discussed whether he feels the ongoing trade talks could become a distraction if not resolved by the start of the 2016 season.
“When the season rolls around I think it will be, but right now, guys are just focused on what we have to do to get to that point,” Bowman said. “I’m sure upstairs and Colin are trying to get everything right, but the guys that’s out there on the field putting the work in, that’s the guys we are going to continue working with and trying to make better.”
KRON 4 has filed a request to interview Kaepernick, but he has not been made available to the media.