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Report: 49ers, Kaepernick working on restructured contract

San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, left, and Blaine Gabbert stand on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Green Bay won 21-10. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) AP

The 49ers are working on a new contract for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, perhaps setting the stage for Kaepernick to replace Blaine Gabbert as the starter in San Francisco.

The deal the two sides are working on would alleviate the 49ers’ concerns about Kaepernick’s injury guarantees, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The new deal would shorten Kaepernick’s deal and eliminate his guarantees in 2017. That means the 49ers could play Kaepernick and not have to worry about owing him more money in the future if he gets hurt in 2016.

The deal would also allow Kaepernick to void the contract after the season, a powerful incentive to Kaepernick to play well and give himself a chance to test the free market next year.

With 49ers coach Chip Kelly acknowledging that he needs to look at whether to make a change at quarterback, a new contract might be the last obstacle to Kaepernick retaking his role as the 49ers’ starter.

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37 Responses to “Report: 49ers, Kaepernick working on restructured contract”
  1. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    just as we have said, and exactly not as the niners have been saying, they wouldn’t pay him due to being on the hook for next year.

    what a way to run a franchise….

  2. jag1959 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    “The deal would also allow Kaepernick to void the contract after the season, a powerful incentive to Kaepernick to play well and give himself a chance to test the free market next year.”

    Yeah, cause teams will be beating down his door. Even if he were league MVP there’s not more than a couple of owners that would touch the guy and one of them just drafted Prescott.

  3. ctiggs says: Oct 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    Get something done, Gabbert needs to be cut, the fans want Kap, the teammates want Kap, the media wants Kap. Of course you have haters on here claiming” ill never watch again” I’ve burned all of my 49er stuff” etc. These aren’t real fans, or real Americans. As a matter of fact as a Veteran I would NEVER want them on my squad because when things get real and they get challenge the fold. Don’t believe me? Read the comments here. I wear my Kap jersey still not because of what he stands for (even though I am a black veteran) I wear it because I am a pround 49er fan and I paid 150 dollars for it. He isn’t OJ or Aaron Hernandez!

  4. chippys lost binky says: Oct 7, 2016 4:15 PM

    Guess that means he must have gained back the weight. That was the only thing keeping him off the field , right?

  5. araidersfan says: Oct 7, 2016 4:15 PM

    Now that Manziel is no longer in the league, Kaepernick has taken over the role of bad QB for a horrible team that generates the most publicity for his antics while not playing.

  6. Exapno Mapcase says: Oct 7, 2016 4:15 PM

    Kaepernick is holding out for a bonus that’s paid out every time he’s a douche…

  7. 1trojan33usc says: Oct 7, 2016 4:16 PM

    Might as well, it’s a “win-win” for everyone if Kaep is able to improve the offensive play. Good luck to both the 49’ers & Kaep, in the end everyone can get what they want.

  8. therealzeitgeist says: Oct 7, 2016 4:20 PM

    Kap gets $15 million this year (almost $1 million-per-kneel), and now doesn’t get guaranteed money next year.

    Being off-season slacker (six months straight of nothing but sensitivity and kneeling I’m sure) doesn’t count as ‘injury’ anymore, either.

    Yorks really drive a hard bargain.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    Can they do something to restructure his features? That would be a nice change.

  10. Ramasez says: Oct 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    Phil Simms is going to be so upset.

  11. idiedpretty says: Oct 7, 2016 4:24 PM

    Thank God Elway wouldnt pay this guy. BTW, Denver is undefeated.

  12. southpaw79 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:25 PM

    That is actually a pretty good compromise. It is either a win-win or a lose-lose. Either way it is fair.

  13. sopadegato says: Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    I want Kap to play, if only because any defense with half a chance is going to grind him into paste.

    He’s not good, and he was never any good. He was carried by a damn good coach in Harbaugh, and a team that was talented enough to make it to the Super Bowl. When asked to carry the team on his shoulders, he failed spectacularly.

    This whining, simpering “protest” isn’t the first time his penchant for drama has gotten him into trouble. And it’ll be what ends his NFL career, because nobody will sign him after this.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    49ers are NINTH overall in the league in terms of offensive touchdowns per game. They have doubled their average from last season. With a hodgepodge of other teams leftovers forming the receiving corps. Jeremy Kerley was fifth string in Detroit and acquired for a player the Lions promptly cut. He has more catches than the test of the WR corps combined in San Fran. Garrett Celek had something like 12 TOTAL CATCHES in 5 YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and he’s the second leading receiver on the 9ers at the moment.

    The problem IS NOT Blaine Gabbert.

  15. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:27 PM

    I’m still laughing at the guy who compared this franchise to Eric from Billy Madison setting himself on fire after taking out a burning pie.

  16. mattwalshvideo says: Oct 7, 2016 4:29 PM

    Just go join the BML already, you can get your paychecks from George Soros and Obama.

  17. wolfiereasonedlife says: Oct 7, 2016 4:31 PM

    Why in the world would Kap agree to any of this? If the 49ers don’t want him then keep cashing their checks and get cut in the off-season while being wrapped in bubble wrap this year and be a free agent or if they want to play him then he either performs above or below what his salary would demand and the problem is resolved. If he gets injured then the 9ers are on the hook again next year but they knew that when he was made #2 and assumed the injury risk.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 7, 2016 4:36 PM

    Kelly said unequivocally in his press conference today that Gabbert has been the better QB in practice and through the preseason. Not to mention the previous season when both were on the roster.

    Makes no sense to put the blame for failure on Gabbert. The receiving corps is so bad Blaine is leading the league in rushing among QBs, in attempts, yardage gained, and touchdowns scored. Trying to do it himself. Last night had as many yards as “El Macho”, (The One Who Thinks He’s Handsome And Tough, But Is Merely Dumb). Gabbert had no time to throw, the Cards weren’t even blitzing much and he was constantly pressured and sacked 7 times in the game.

  19. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 7, 2016 4:37 PM

    Maybe the Seahawks could use him as a shoe shiner

  20. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 7, 2016 4:37 PM

    Translation: still nobody calling about a trade.

    Remember the days when everybody thought Kaep was crazy to have signed a contract that was so one-sidedly team-friendly? Good times…

  21. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:39 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:29 PM

    Just go join the BML already, you can get your paychecks from George Soros and Obama.

    ———————————————————–

    Yeah and those con-trails are what have Hillary leading in the polls!

  22. realfootballfan says: Oct 7, 2016 4:39 PM

    Phill Simms is appalled. Because that sucking that Blaine Gabbert is doing isn’t his fault.

  23. oregonraider says: Oct 7, 2016 4:41 PM

    sopadegato says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    I want Kap to play, if only because any defense with half a chance is going to grind him into paste.

    He’s not good, and he was never any good. He was carried by a damn good coach in Harbaugh, and a team that was talented enough to make it to the Super Bowl. When asked to carry the team on his shoulders, he failed spectacularly.

    This whining, simpering “protest” isn’t the first time his penchant for drama has gotten him into trouble. And it’ll be what ends his NFL career, because nobody will sign him after this.

    Sure, he was never any good. That’s why he took them to the Superbowl, and it went down to the last play. Have you ever watched football?

  24. angeljperea says: Oct 7, 2016 4:45 PM

    KEEPING IT THOUGHTFULLY HONEST: This is what has always been about? Money, not winning! So you can point the finger to one guy! It is ALL about the incompetent and dysfunctional GM Baalke! The bottom line is we are again in the cellar of the NFC West, but as long as he saves Money for Mr. York that is most important! He has destroyed our Team that is now both disrespected & dismissed as a loser of no consequence by the other NFL winning teams. So fans it is time NOW send a loud, continuous message that GM Baalke has done enough damage and must be fired ASAP.

  25. dreadnok89 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:48 PM

    Kap showed hes-a trash qb when the defense took alot of-steps backwards. The olive e is atrocious-as well

  26. asparatame says: Oct 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    If he thinks giving up guarantees is a smart thing because someone else will sign him big time, well, good luck with that. I guess all it takes is one, but I’d lay money against it if Vegas had a futures bet.

    Certainly not a typical NFC champ-2 time finalist/age appropriate deal sans baggage.

  27. trollaikman8 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    Gabbert and the niners sure could use a possession receiver such as, oh, I don’t know, Michael Crabtree….or perhaps Anquan Bolden.

    The $(ers have absolutely no reliable pass catchers. Celery, Kerley and a 1-route deep threat won’t get it done.

  28. sopadegato says: Oct 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    oregonraider says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:41 PM

    Sure, he was never any good. That’s why he took them to the Superbowl, and it went down to the last play. Have you ever watched football?

    ———————————————

    Again, it was a talented team that carried him there, not his level of play. Rex Grossman “led” a Bears team to the Super Bowl, but nobody is lining up to sing his praises.

  29. thermalito says: Oct 7, 2016 4:57 PM

    Kaepernick’s career in the NFL is over after the Niners get rid of him. There is simply no way any team is going take on that kind of drama for that poor a player.

  30. 7ftgriff says: Oct 7, 2016 5:20 PM

    Everybody wins, Kap, the Niners, the fans, everybody. we get to see if he can still be a qb in this league, the fans don’t have to wince at the thought of Blaine Gabbert, Kap gets vindication or free agency, or both. hopefully Kap and Ballke don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of this apparent victory.

  31. decon49 says: Oct 7, 2016 5:33 PM

    Kap helped rally the niners in the superbowl and carried the team several timea in big games

  32. doubleogator says: Oct 7, 2016 6:06 PM

    He’ll have to find a bigger helmet…

  33. redclaw1314 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:15 PM

    Obviously NFL wants Kap to be the new face of the league. Can’t be the new face if you don’t play. NFL is self-destructing.

  34. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 7, 2016 6:32 PM

    Entertainment at it’s finest. When all is said and done, the NFL is entertainment and it’s primary goal is simple: make more money this year than it did last year. It’s like the ex-girlfriend that doesn’t care what happens, as long as she gets your attention. In the NFL, ANY attention is good attention.

    Kaep > Ponder > Gabbert. For those Kaep haters trying to say he was never any good, I say this: He did it on the road in the playoffs, he’s beat the Pack twice in their house AND the Patriots in their house. Yes, he was part of the team that was supporting him, but those things NEVER happened with Alex.

  35. rcali says: Oct 7, 2016 6:33 PM

    I’ve changed my mind about my career, I’m going to be a professional NFL protester! Man does it pay well! Hair cuts are optional and no talent is required!

  36. sportsfan18 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:40 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 7, 2016 4:26 PM

    49ers are NINTH overall in the league in terms of offensive touchdowns per game. They have doubled their average from last season. With a hodgepodge of other teams leftovers forming the receiving corps. Jeremy Kerley was fifth string in Detroit and acquired for a player the Lions promptly cut. He has more catches than the test of the WR corps combined in San Fran. Garrett Celek had something like 12 TOTAL CATCHES in 5 YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and he’s the second leading receiver on the 9ers at the moment.

    The problem IS NOT Blaine Gabbert.
    ===================================

    Uh, the problem is not ALL Blaine Gabbert you mean. He isn’t helping them.

    Right now, he’s 31st out of 32 QB’s in QB rating and he’s below 70.0 in that stat. Not good.

    He’s LAST in yards per attempt and he’s the ONLY QB averaging LESS than 6.00 yards per attempt.

    He’s 29th out of 32 in completion percentage.

    He has MORE INT’s than TD passes.

    He’s really not part of their solution and he won’t be going forward either.

    Yes, they’re a mess in many places, not just at QB but he sucks.

  37. changinglife2016 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:16 PM

    Ponder, for the win

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