Santa Clara (KRON) San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke made it clear Wednesday morning that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still on the roster, but the possibility of a trade is not off the table.
Baalke’s remarks come in the middle of an offseason filled with media reports that Kaepernick’s representatives have been discussing deals with other teams, including the Denver Broncos.
KRON4’s Mark Carpenter learned that despite talk he could be on the move, Kaepernick has been attending the 49ers’ offseason program for the last several weeks.
When asked if a trade still in play, Baalke didn’t rule it out entirely.
“I’m not gonna say never on any player,” Baalke said. “Everyday things change, sometimes this time of year they change by the minute. For me to speculate on hypotheticals, what may or may not happen in the future, I’m not gonna get into that with Colin or any other player.”
According to his contract, Kaepernick is guaranteed nearly $12 million in the 2016 season.
The 49ers and Broncos reportedly agreed on a deal for Kaepernick, but the move fell through when the 28-year-old wouldn’t agree to take a paycut.
Baalke said he wasn’t surprised when Kaepernick’s agents requested permission from the team to seek a trade at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
“In this business you are never caught off guard,” Baalke said. “Nothing surprises you in this business, but all I do is look at the attitude and where he’s at right now and he seems to be in a good place. He’s working hard.”
Baalke said he has had phone conversations with his former starting qb, but has not spoken with him in person since his representatives asked for a trade.
Rather, Baalke has been preparing for next week’s draft, in which the 49ers hold the seventh overall pick.
Both the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles have traded up to the top two spots, respectively, and both are widely projected to select quarterbacks.
Baalke told reporters their moves haven’t altered the 49ers’ plans.
“That’s out of our control,” Baalke said. “All we can do is control what we can control and right now is getting the board set the best we can, so that we’re prepared to pick when we are on the clock.”