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49ers say they won’t cut Kaepernick, he’ll compete with Gabbert

Colin Kaepernick, Courtney Upshaw AP

The 49ers are giving Colin Kaepernick another year to prove he’s their franchise quarterback.

San Francisco General Manager Trent Baalke told reporters today at the Scouting Combine that Kaepernick will remain on the 49ers’ roster through April 1, when his $12 million salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed. Baalke said Kaepernick will compete with the quarterback he was benched for last year, Blaine Gabbert.

New coach Chip Kelly hasn’t said much about his plans at the quarterback position, but Kaepernick’s skills as both a runner and a passer could make him a good fit in Kelly’s offense. Baalke’s comments today are the strongest sign yet that the 49ers think the Kelly-Kaepernick paring could work.

Kaepernick is coming off a rough season and three surgeries, but he has shown a great deal of promise during his brief time as an NFL starter. The 49ers think he still has the potential to be great, and it’s Kelly’s job to make the most of Kaepernick’s potential.

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64 Responses to “49ers say they won’t cut Kaepernick, he’ll compete with Gabbert”
  1. RegisHawk says: Feb 24, 2016 10:38 AM

    He’ll be the highest paid backup ever…

  2. jjb0811 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:41 AM

    Compete w/ the Rams for basement dweller status.

  3. charliecharger says: Feb 24, 2016 10:42 AM

    Smart move by 49ers, especially if they’re planning to draft a QB and don’t want to tip their hand.

  4. magnusthe1st says: Feb 24, 2016 10:43 AM

    Brief time as an NFL starter? He’s been starting for several seasons now. I think that qualifies at more than brief.

    And during that time, he’s proven he’s incapable of not being a tool.

  5. karmathaitch says: Feb 24, 2016 10:45 AM

    He will win. Thats what chip likes. Read option.. Meaning, run on every down..

  6. eazeback says: Feb 24, 2016 10:47 AM

    he’s the only reason chipper went there, of course they aren’t gonna cut him. he’ll be the starter whether he beats out gabber or not


  7. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Feb 24, 2016 10:48 AM

    The Jed York-Trent Baalke era started beautifully and will end with a thud.

    That stink around Chip Kelly was too great to be the first team to hire him.

    Kaep don’t wanna be there, and I’m sure he’s not the only one.

  8. broncoscheatedthesalarycapisadouche says: Feb 24, 2016 10:48 AM

    Translation: We’re going to tout him and build him up so that some team comes along and offers us a trade…

  9. bake69 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:54 AM

    12-4 and the playoffs for the 49ers. Eagles will be 4-12 with the potent KC offense.

  10. RavenzGunnerz says: Feb 24, 2016 10:55 AM

    Gabbert or garbage?

    Just think about this, the guy was 5yrds away from being sb champion. And now this…

  11. ctiggs says: Feb 24, 2016 10:56 AM


  12. bush1069 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:58 AM

    Good the Kelly experiment continues….I don’t like the 49ers

  13. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 24, 2016 10:59 AM

    Everybody in Seattle just let out a big cheer!

  14. niners816 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:00 AM

    This shouldn’t be news. Kaep was never leaving. Shanahan was gonna get the head coaching job, but wanted to cut Kaep, which is why Kelly was hired. Kelly wanted to trade for Kaep, you really think he was going to cut or trade the guy he wanted? Ppl forget Kaep has been hurt and will be ready to go by May. Idk if Kaep will be as good as he was, but this is his best suited offense for his style. The thought that he was leaving was ridiculous.

  15. jmc8888 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:00 AM

    But Kaep’s inability to make reads fast and tendency to make a minimal amount of reads does not mesh with Chip Kelly’s… ‘need to make three reads right at the start’ offense.

    Three reads just at the start, and potentially more?

    Kaep’s head just isn’t fast enough, and if he keeps it consistently he’s going to get injured.

    This spells disaster written all over it, but I guess they are determined to have it blow up rather then cut him since he has that contract.

  16. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:01 AM

    he should see a tatoo remover specialist if he really want’s to be a nfl qb

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 24, 2016 11:03 AM

    Will Chip Kelly be able to handle his big personality?

  18. kfoyo808 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:04 AM

    12-4 for SF, eh? Look forward to seeing how they manage that with an offense that everybody figured out 2 years ago, no RB, depleted O line, QB questions, no standout WR and a gutted D.

    Chipper went 10-6 right off the bat because Reid was toast, but still had decent players left over. Definitely not the case this time.

  19. jessygarcha says: Feb 24, 2016 11:07 AM

    B. O. O. M.

    problem if they can’t fix there online then this is all for nothing. You give this guy with a rocket for a arm a proper online then you will see what he’s worth. Love it

  20. jnovi86 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:12 AM

    ugh, this sounds worse than the Browns situation

  21. oldcrabb says: Feb 24, 2016 11:15 AM

    No! The niners didn’t draft Aaron Rodgers from Cal and if Goff is available, they have to take him.
    Kap doesn’t have any touch on his passes and he can’t read defenses. The Yorks and Balke are just a bunch of Bozos.
    I’ve had season tickets since 1968 and just gave them up this year because of the Yorks.

  22. seabrawk12 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:16 AM

    12-4 and the playoffs for the 49ers.


    It’s been a rough week. Thanks for the laugh.

  23. razzzmajazzz says: Feb 24, 2016 11:16 AM

    If you have to compete with Gabbert for your job you might as well be cut.

  24. midamerica12thman says: Feb 24, 2016 11:19 AM

    West Coast Factory of Sadness expansion continues…

  25. lightofkolob says: Feb 24, 2016 11:20 AM

    With a competent ccoart won’t even make the team

  26. mazenblue says: Feb 24, 2016 11:20 AM

    49ers arent known for keeping talent so it only makes sense he stays.

  27. jerryb2339 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:24 AM

    This is very bad news for the 49er water boy! I assume the team will allow him to wear a hard hat during the competition. If Kaepernick were smart, he would – somehow – convince Richard Sherman to take part in the competition: Kaepernick has never missed completing a throw to Sherman in his career.

  28. raider8er says: Feb 24, 2016 11:27 AM

    Kelly runs the fastest offensive scheme in the league. How can Kap run that when he regularly struggles to avoid a delay of game penalty? There a cure for that on the weight room?

  29. lightofkolob says: Feb 24, 2016 11:28 AM

    With a competent coach Gabbert won’t even make the team

  30. amaf21 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:35 AM

    Hard Knocks on line 1.

  31. tmaczoozoo says: Feb 24, 2016 11:40 AM


    Chip Chop Waka Flame.

  32. steelerben says: Feb 24, 2016 11:40 AM

    The QB competition will not come down to athleticism. It is going to come down to who is best able to understand and execute the offense. Blaine Gabbert may not be as athletic as Colin Kaepernick, but he is certainly athletic enough to run read option or an occasional designed run.

    What Chip Kelly wants above all else is a guy that is not going to turn the ball over and is going to complete passes to the open man. You don’t need to run a 4.25 or throw a 90 mph ball. All you need is the ability to know what defensive front you are looking at, and which of your guys should be open. The only way that high paced offense works is if you keep the chains moving.

  33. sansbushman says: Feb 24, 2016 11:44 AM

    If you love someone, set them free.

  34. number1hawkfan says: Feb 24, 2016 11:56 AM

    Richard Sherman and Seahawks fans are happy to hear it. Kaperchoke has personally made Sherman an all pro.

  35. JMClarkent says: Feb 24, 2016 12:06 PM

    Chips system is too generic without a QB who can run. If Gabbert wins the job both the running game and passing game will be limited (or to quote Evan Mathis, Vanilla).

  36. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 24, 2016 12:07 PM

    Chip is a loser head coach and this guy is a loser quarterback.

  37. golfore says: Feb 24, 2016 12:09 PM

    That’s a lot of money to pay a backup QB.

  38. southpaw79 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:15 PM

    Lets be real here. This statement does nothing but move the leverage to the 49ers side. They can still trade him if it looks like Gabbert is going to win the QB competition or if they draft a QB that looks ready to play year 1. They could get more value in trading him after the draft as well. Most of the good (lol) FA QBs will be gone and the draft settled. Those teams that did not fill their need at QB will be more willing to unload a higher pick for next year than a pick just before the draft. If the Niners are really patient they could even wait until the inevitable training camp/pre-season injury and trade Kaep to a really desperate team.

  39. jvibottomline says: Feb 24, 2016 12:28 PM

    Kaepernick is 4-2 in the playoffs as a starter with 3 roads win, he can play with a competent coach which he now has.

  40. 49erkaiser says: Feb 24, 2016 12:39 PM

    I sure hope they pick the better of the two QBs. Gabbert will beat him out hands down. It’s the lying front office that will tell us that Kaep is the starter. “He gives us the best chance to win” Bull…. Gabbert is just as athletic and can make the three reads of defence it takes walking to the line. The O-Line should be much better now that AD is coming back. Boone is good as gone. Kilgore is center. All we need is two guards through FA and the draft.
    Gabbert hands down. We draft a qb next year. We need a few studs that can start right now! With all those picks we need to move up and get three starters on defence.

  41. immafubared says: Feb 24, 2016 12:48 PM

    They brought in chip just so he can work with kaperdink. Lets not kid ourselves, this talk of them getting rid of him is folly. They are convinced he can be a game changer with the right coach and chip is the guy. Otherwise they would be shopping him now.

  42. trollaikman8 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:57 PM

    “Kaepernick is 4-2 in the playoffs as a starter with 3 roads win, he can play with a competent coach which he now has.”

    Those teams had hyper-elite defenses, Frank Gore and Harbaugh. They won despite Sackorpick. Hell, even Alex Smith did that. Alex Smith.

  43. beernap says: Feb 24, 2016 1:02 PM

    With pick #7, we’ll see how much confidence they REALLY have in either Kaepernick or Gabbert.

  44. nflgtcfl says: Feb 24, 2016 1:03 PM

    Add up the salaries of Gabbert and Kap and the overall cost for two “decent” qb is not bad at all. There is talent there, and if Kelly can make adjustments to maximize the talent either one can be decent.

    Their QB situation keeping in mind the lower money it costs is actually middle pack int he league. Sure other teams have a better 1/2, but how much is it costing them?

    Getting an upgrade at QB is not easy at all. Bradford is listed as top 10 free agent by this site. I think when healthy Bradford makes some great throws and is in the top third of the league. But for the dollars and injury risk if he is top 10 what does that say about upgrading a QB in this league?

  45. dogsweat9 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:25 PM

    Arizona is perfect for Kap.

  46. jazynaz says: Feb 24, 2016 1:26 PM

    Kaepernick is/has been who he is, no more. Imo, he has learning disabilities that prevent him from comprehending info quickly, processing what he sees with confidence and reacting to changes (in opposing defenses) accurately. He doesn’t have the charismatic personality to be a leader/QB, or to engage the confidence of “his” team to follow him as one cohesive unit. I think it’s going to be another long season of disappointing 49er football, if Kaepernick gets his job back…but, I hope I’m wrong!

  47. shlort says: Feb 24, 2016 1:37 PM

    When Kaepernick had to do it himself, he proved he couldn’t do it himself. The experiment is over. Let the 9ers prove it and we can finally quit talking about Kaepernick. He isn’t even good.

  48. longtimefanh8tr says: Feb 24, 2016 2:00 PM

    There are lies and then there are damn lies.

  49. jackspain81 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:06 PM

    Did everyone all of sudden forget Kaep beating GB, or leading the team back against Atl with that elite defense SF had even though they gave up tons of points in the first half, or the Super bowl when that elite defense once again gave up tons of points. He has had a rough go of it just like any QB but give him a competent line and some WRs then we will see the Kaep of old. If not, then it’s time to move on!

  50. porty1249 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:06 PM

    Kap gonna start. This is his style two read options than check down or run. Running the option with Kap will spread out defenses causing better running lanes and Windows on pass plays. Hyde gonna ball out and defense are gonna be worried about playing

  51. collectordude says: Feb 24, 2016 2:16 PM

    dumb vs dumber.

  52. moseszd says: Feb 24, 2016 3:05 PM

    He has to compete with the ‘Poor Man’s Alex Smith’ for a starting job. If nothing else gets into the head of the Pavlovian Kaepernick Supporters, hopefully that will.

  53. moseszd says: Feb 24, 2016 3:08 PM

    jackspain81 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 2:06 PM
    Did everyone all of sudden forget Kaep beating GB, or leading the team back against Atl with that elite defense SF had even though they gave up tons of points in the first half, or the Super bowl when that elite defense once again gave up tons of points. He has had a rough go of it just like any QB but give him a competent line and some WRs then we will see the Kaep of old. If not, then it’s time to move on!

    No. But you seem to have forgotten his inability to function in the Redzone. You seem to have forgotten all the disaster starts where his incompetency caused us to lose to beatable teams.

  54. seanpscott says: Feb 24, 2016 3:09 PM

    @trollaikman8, I missed the part where Alex Smith won 4 playoff games. He won 1 playoff game in 7 years and since going to KC has won 1 additional playoff game. 2 playoff wins in his career!

  55. exhelodrvr says: Feb 24, 2016 3:17 PM

    Defenses adjusted to Kaep. So far, he hasn’t been able to make a counter-adjustment.

  56. dmaninmoval says: Feb 24, 2016 3:22 PM

    Did I read that correct where you said Kap has learning disabilities? You do realize that Kap graduated high school and college with a 4.0 gpa. Grant you, Kap needs I believe to spend more time watching film but he is hardly unintelligent.

  57. Silver and Black attack says: Feb 24, 2016 3:44 PM

    Niners better draft a QB or they won’t win 4 games next year.

  58. djvh2 says: Feb 24, 2016 3:59 PM

    Even Browns fans are chuckling at this

  59. JSpicoli says: Feb 24, 2016 4:08 PM

    Please let this be true and not posturing. Kaepernick proving he is the headless QB is very vindicating.

    – The 510

  60. eagles777 says: Feb 24, 2016 4:28 PM

    This has the Chipster’s fingerprints all over it – the same guy who paid Murray to be an $8,000,000 backup.

  61. charliecharger says: Feb 24, 2016 5:01 PM

    Kaepernick led a team to the super bowl after about 10 career starts. Then came back the next year and came a whisker away from beating the Seahawks in Seattle to advance to a second super bowl. Then the franchise crumbled below his feet and suddenly it’s all on him. I guarantee you someone like Bill Belichick is standing there hoping the 49ers let Kaepernick walk. Belichick has had a HOF career because all the other teams in the league missed on Tom Brady. He doesn’t mind taking advantage of other people’s feebleness.

  62. charliecharger says: Feb 24, 2016 5:12 PM

    seanpscott says:
    Feb 24, 2016 3:09 PM

    @trollaikman8, I missed the part where Alex Smith won 4 playoff games. He won 1 playoff game in 7 years and since going to KC has won 1 additional playoff game. 2 playoff wins in his career!
    Alex Smith won exactly one playoff game in 8 years with the 49ers. Kaepernick led the 49ers to the super bowl his first year on the field, and then back to the NFC Championship his second year. Alex Smith used all these excuses about having different coordinators, etc., why no such excuses allowed for Kaepernick? Kaepernick had won more playoffs in 1 1/2 years than Smith has won his entire 11 year career. No comparison.

  63. 49erkaiser says: Feb 25, 2016 5:30 AM

    Alex Smith never complained about having seven coordinators in seven years. He never once complained. You are in love with Kaep, that is your love affair. This has nothing to do with Alex.

  64. cornhusker44 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:04 AM

    RegisHawk says:
    Feb 24, 2016 10:38 AM
    He’ll be the highest paid backup ever…

    The VERY FIRST COMMENT from? ShyTalk fan

    But as usual anything 49ers related they arrive. The Bandwagon rolls up. A few sad, lonely and dejected “fans” fall off. Desperately the search and scramble, looking for reasons to become relevant to 49ers fans. They crave recognition, frantically clawing at any shred of an opportunity to create their chance of a rivalary. A faux rivalry, only outshone be their faux dynasty, but still they cling to this imaginary float. Truth is they have nothing. An empty shell. Their only glow a single Lombardi for their “years of dominance”. They are dark, lonely,sad characters. Craving the Red and Gold reverence, seeking the history of a storied, world wide brand, only to be trodden on and forgotten like the majority of their fellow “followers”. Their final despair, a scared ignorance of reality. AFC? NFC? No one knows – no one cares. They are of no significance, even in their own city. Their stadium, old, decrepit, hollow. Stolen nickname, stamped on by a school. Their greatest ever players remain unknown to the throng. One day, in an NFL far, far away, they hope to be important. For now they are bitter, pained, denied status. Denied a stage. Denied real fans. They grasp frantically and kneel at the 49er alter of greatness. Dazzled, transfixed, wide eyed at our 5. Unfit for purpose they crawl back to the rain. Loss is tragic. Show pity fellow Faithful. They are worthy of pity at least. Just pity, nothing more. They are worthless.

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