Even though his own contractual future is not clear, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wants his quarterback situation to be well-defined.
Harbaugh told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that an extension for Colin Kaepernick was a “high priority.”
“The priority is Colin Kaepernick is a San Francisco 49er for however long we can have him be a San Francisco 49er. It’s definitely a high priority,” Harbaugh said. “Amazing individual. Amazing player. He shows up and works all the time. There’s really nobody to compete with him in a workout situation. He will bury everybody. And then when somebody tries to compete with him, he just ramps his competitiveness up and somebody’s over there on a knee throwing up.”
Kaepernick is entering the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $1.073 million, or about half his backup Blaine Gabbert’s $2.011 million this year.
But with the dollars it will take to achieve that extension and Harbaugh’s uncertain future with the club, it’s hard to tell if the decision-makers there have assigned the same importance to a deal now.