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Kaepernick: “No pressure” to sign new deal by Sunday

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 37-18.   (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The 49ers announced that Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback against the Bills this weekend, a decision that coach Chip Kelly said was made for football reasons and not because of an alteration to Kaepernick’s contract that eliminates the injury guarantees attached to his $14.5 million salary for next season.

Kaepernick said Tuesday that discussions about a revised deal are still going on and that he feels “no pressure” sign one before taking the field against the Bills. Kaepernick also said he didn’t know if his contract played a role in the 49ers’ decisions at quarterback up to this point and that his focus has been on his physical condition after having three surgeries this offseason.

“My biggest thing is trying to focus on strength and make sure I’m physically ready to play, whether that means my weight’s higher or lower,” Kaepernick said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I don’t think that’s a huge deal. It’s more where my strength is at and I feel very comfortable with that.”

Kelly said Tuesday that Kaepernick is not back to his pre-injury condition and has previously cited that as a reason why Kaepernick has been on the bench. It would also seem to be a concern given the injury guarantee, which would explain the push to get a new deal in place now.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that a revised deal would leave Kaepernick set to become a free agent at the end of this season. That would make his run in the starting lineup an audition for more than a future with the Niners, although Kaepernick said only that it is “a great opportunity to go out and win some games” on Tuesday.

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49 Responses to “Kaepernick: “No pressure” to sign new deal by Sunday”
  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 11, 2016 5:26 PM

    I think I’ll take a knee on this one !

  2. gotcaughtcheating says: Oct 11, 2016 5:27 PM

    The final days of Aleppo. When this fiasco is over 10-1 Kelly goes back to UC Eugene and Kaepernick takes up a position in Hillary’s Administration.

  3. sandman34rt says: Oct 11, 2016 5:29 PM

    Hopefully he gets hurt and goes away forever

  4. truninerfan49 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:30 PM

    Why in the world would Kap agree to this? He is finished in the NFL, the best case scenario would be for him to get hurt and guarantee himself 14 mill next year. He won’t even see a fraction of that as a free agent

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 11, 2016 5:33 PM

    Well, at least the NHL starts up this week.

  6. KIR says: Oct 11, 2016 5:36 PM

    Can’t belive he doesn’t realize his NFL career is over after this contract.

  7. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:38 PM

    Hey, it’s not like we’re favored to win any of our remaining games might as well add a little drama. Our toxic front office intentionally and systematically dismantled a Super Bowl contender to show Jim Harbaugh who’s boss …… but they did it “With Class”.

  8. jasons81 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:40 PM

    So he hasn’t signed the new deal yet? Well I see how this plays out… he gets hurt Sunday and conveniently won’t be well until after the date his salary becomes guaranteed. For $14.5mil I’d stand back in the pocket like a statue and let them take shots at me hoping for a blown knee.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 11, 2016 5:41 PM

    Kelly said all summer that his priority at QB was “whoever puts the ball in the end zone”. Currently 49ers have 14 offensive touchdowns, tied for 6th in the league. $72 million Brock Osweiler has led the Texans to 6 in the same number of games. Gabbert is the leading rusher among quarterbacks. I don’t get this at all, I think Chip is trying to distract attention from the fact that his former team, and former starting QB are doing MUCH BETTER without him around.

  10. tomwill21 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:44 PM

    Of course no pressure, ball was in his court.

  11. maust1013 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:46 PM

    Won’t believe Chip or Kaepernick on this one until that restructured contract is published showing it was signed at some point after he has played in a game.

  12. jag1959 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:49 PM

    “My biggest thing is trying to focus on strength and make sure I’m physically ready to play”

    He’d best be ready, there are bound to be some oppressors coming at him.

  13. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 11, 2016 5:51 PM

    Dude, you assume anyone really cares about your contract.
    Just see if you can play. The bar is low right now.

  14. bert1913 says: Oct 11, 2016 5:55 PM

    he’ll be starting for the browns next year (going from one bad owner to another)

  15. stinkymcmulligan says: Oct 11, 2016 5:56 PM

    Kaepernick’s a bum. Short, succinct and right to the point.

  16. justintuckrule says: Oct 11, 2016 5:57 PM

    Hated him when he was a bicep kissing, preening, look-at-me player. Love him now that he’s demonstrated his bravery as a true patriot. Light em’ up Kap!!

  17. mmack66 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:09 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 11, 2016 5:41 PM

    Kelly said all summer that his priority at QB was “whoever puts the ball in the end zone”. Currently 49ers have 14 offensive touchdowns, tied for 6th in the league. $72 million Brock Osweiler has led the Texans to 6 in the same number of games. Gabbert is the leading rusher among quarterbacks. I don’t get this at all, I think Chip is trying to distract attention from the fact that his former team, and former starting QB are doing MUCH BETTER without him around.
    —————————-

    The only football stat that actually matters is wins and losses, and despite the “stellar” season Gabbert is having, the 49ers are 1-4.

  18. nfloracle says: Oct 11, 2016 6:12 PM

    Quit living on celery and tomato juice and start gobbling down steaks and chops again, Kap, and you’ll be just fine with the weight and the strength. Living on rabbit food like some crazy vegan is no way for a professional football player to stand tall in the pocket.

  19. RegisHawk says: Oct 11, 2016 6:15 PM

    His biggest thing will be trying to get hurt before he signs that altered deal so he can get the guaranteed money for next year.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 11, 2016 6:15 PM

    @mmack66 – Ya, 49ers are 1-4, no one expected that possibility before the season. I mean, the Panthers going 1-4 to start is understandable, but a talent loaded crew like the 9ers. Inexcusable!

  21. nygmoneyballers says: Oct 11, 2016 6:30 PM

    I hope his offensive line decides to take a knee.

  22. liontuss says: Oct 11, 2016 6:31 PM

    Dude looks like a Cali skateboarder, then the next minute he looks a Black Panther. Very diverse profile.

  23. patriots123456 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:36 PM

    I thought I’d never say this, but I’ll be rooting for Buffalo if Kap plays.

    Go REX! LOL

  24. ctiggs says: Oct 11, 2016 6:36 PM

    i love all you whiny folks, Kap clearly has won. You have been wrong with everything you have predicted. Keep it up we enjoy the entertainment. Most of you refuse to accept anything he says, because he didnt stand for your precious anthem that was written 200 years ago for the NOT diverse america at the time.

  25. bucsorbust says: Oct 11, 2016 6:42 PM

    Have some compassion Niners! Can’t you see the poor man is in dire straights. He can’t even get himself a cheeseburger and haircut on his salary! Make the suffering stop!

  26. bucsorbust says: Oct 11, 2016 6:44 PM

    Well, something Kap is willing to taking a “stand” for.

    Oh man, I crack myself up sometimes.

  27. bucsorbust says: Oct 11, 2016 6:46 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Oct 11, 2016 6:36 PM
    i love all you whiny folks, Kap clearly has won. You have been wrong with everything you have predicted. Keep it up we enjoy the entertainment. Most of you refuse to accept anything he says, because he didnt stand for your precious anthem that was written 200 years ago for the NOT diverse america at the time.
    ————————–
    This is your brain on drugs.

  28. skoobyfl says: Oct 11, 2016 6:49 PM

    Bills will help him lock in next year’s money in the first half.

  29. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:59 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 11, 2016 5:33 PM

    Well, at least the NHL starts up this week

    normally your posts make me want to punch myself in the face, but this time, I agree 100%… who do you root for, may I ask.

  30. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 11, 2016 7:02 PM

    i love all you whiny folks, Kap clearly has won. You have been wrong with everything you have predicted. Keep it up we enjoy the entertainment. Most of you refuse to accept anything he says, because he didnt stand for your precious anthem that was written 200 years ago for the NOT diverse america at the time.

    in that case, I cant wait for Zack Brown and Preston Brown to hit him so hard that they knock the remaining 12% black out of him. then take a knee in jest.

  31. mmack66 says: Oct 11, 2016 7:03 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 11, 2016 6:15 PM

    @mmack66 – Ya, 49ers are 1-4, no one expected that possibility before the season. I mean, the Panthers going 1-4 to start is understandable, but a talent loaded crew like the 9ers. Inexcusable!
    ————————–

    Regardless of expectations, the point of playing football is to win games, not rack up a bunch of individual player stats.

    If Kaepernick sucks like everyone says he does, they can put Gabbert back in to pad his stats.

  32. abninf says: Oct 11, 2016 7:03 PM

    If he were a man of true anti-American convictions he would refuse to wear his helmet since it has an American flag sticker on it.

  33. willycents says: Oct 11, 2016 7:04 PM

    First play the Niners have the ball on offense:

    Niners line up in shotgun, stadium speakers blare the National Anthem, Kaep kneels, ball is snapped over his head.

    Announcers, “Isn’t it great that Kaepernick is exercising his First Amendment rights to support a cause.”

  34. 315judman says: Oct 11, 2016 7:23 PM

    Bills defense should eat him up. As far as I know, they have no vegans in their lineup.

  35. jackedupboonie says: Oct 11, 2016 7:30 PM

    Nobody cares….YOU SUCK

  36. bmacwillconn says: Oct 11, 2016 7:32 PM

    Wishing him all the worst for the rest of his miserable career. Go Bills!

  37. justintuckrule says: Oct 11, 2016 8:23 PM

    go read the constitution and the federalist papers ninerlover. Exercising your constitutional first amendment rights is patriotic. Doing it in the face of hatred and bigotry is brave. Just because you disagree with his message doesn’t make that any less so.

  38. JSpicoli says: Oct 11, 2016 8:48 PM

    I’m rooting for snotbubbles

  39. JSpicoli says: Oct 11, 2016 8:49 PM

    But what will his protest be like, and what will he wear to the presser after the game?

  40. 6250claimer says: Oct 11, 2016 8:49 PM

    @ctiggs: You’re the ultimate Niner fan. I admire your loyalty – you’ve stuck with this team through thick and thin. Now, even as the Titanic has long since struck the iceberg, and sits gurgling at the bottom of San Francisco Bay, you’re still using that silly hashtag slogan from the Harbaugh era, and even sticking up for Kap. Seek help dude – it’s over, it has been over for a while now. This franchise will be the worst disaster in pro sports until the Yorks sell the team. And that isn’t likely to happen in our lifetimes. Burn everything and head over to the Oakland Coliseum. It’s actually a nicer stadium than that new dump in Santa Clara that grows emptier and emptier as the weeks go by, and the home team is actually winning games.

  41. ratraget says: Oct 11, 2016 9:18 PM

    Bills mafia will destroy him

  42. exinsidetrader says: Oct 11, 2016 9:23 PM

    100% he tries to get injured to guarantee his 14 million for next year.

  43. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 11, 2016 9:47 PM

    Another example of the tail wagging the dog. He doesn’t have a new contract and he’s starting. The media continues their narrative. The clown from NFL Network tried his hardest to get Kaepernick to say it was about his contract. He didn’t take the bait. Amazing how the media who hates him slobbers to ask him questions.

  44. dedxx says: Oct 11, 2016 10:34 PM

    This is for Justintuckrule…

    Patriotic def-Having or showing great love and support for your country : having or showing patriotism.
    Patriotism-The love people feel for their country.
    Brave-Endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear.
    Kaepernick is not a patriot, but you could possibly call him brave. I would question the bravery because there is a very fine line between being brave and being stupid.
    From what I’ve heard Kaepernick was one way on his facebook for years and then he goes and hooks up with his black lives matter chick/girlfriend and things change. There are too many things going on with Kaepernick that make him seem shady. There’s the Facebook thing, the girlfriend thing, wanting our of San Fran then loving San Fran, and the organization wanting to cut or trade him before the season began. It almost seems like he pulled this whole deal as protection so the 49ers would have to keep him. Imagine the backlash if the 49ers cut him. If they cut him they would be looked at as if they were doing it because of his new protest nonsense. Even if they cut him because he’s a not very good QB anymore or for being more of a destraction than before when he pretty much separated himself as a team mate from the team in the locker room. There is more, but the above makes Kaepernick look more like someone who is doing anything to keep a job, be it ethical or not.
    I have a few words that apply to Kaepernick instead of those Justintuckrule put in his post. I’d say uninformed, wily, crafty, and devious. Thankfully I’m not a 49ers fan.
    This is not a Kaepernick thing, but the whole BLACK LIVES MATTER deal is crap and everyone needs to rally together to put a stop to it. EVERY LIFE MATTERS MORONS, it should be called exactly what it is. As much as you want it to be a “black” thing it isn’t a black issue only thing. EVERYONE NEEDS TO TREAT EVERYBODY RIGHT and if there is a problem you need to identify it and deal with it directly. Social injustice is a pretty big thing that can cover many issues that need to be fixed in our society. There is a social injustice problem and Kaepernick is the wrong individual to be the posterboy to lead this charge. I’m out.

  45. friscokid49 says: Oct 12, 2016 12:18 AM

    Taking knee, becoming vegan, etc, Whatever.

    but can you read a defense pre and post snap then make quick decisions and throw accurately without the fastball so, you know, guys can catch and run?

    Until then, GoBrowns, Go chargers, go all teams so that we can pick #1 for a new qb

  46. Bl00dwerK says: Oct 12, 2016 4:01 AM

    Most hated player in the league. With good reason.

  47. totallydisgusted says: Oct 12, 2016 6:56 AM

    Niners may be in for some bad times for a long time, but at least it’s not Cleveland

  48. jjackwagon says: Oct 12, 2016 9:01 AM

    A 20-something millionaire talking about oppression rings hollow.
    If he were truly oppressed he would never have been allowed to take the field and certainly would never have been paid. But I guess the Millennials aren’t smart enough to know that.
    Take a trip to Uganda or the South Sudan, then come back and tell us how oppressed he is.

  49. mackcarrington says: Oct 12, 2016 5:26 PM

    @jjackwagon:
    He isn’t saying that he’s been personally oppressed.
    And he doesn’t have to leave the country. The Feds have cited the the S.F P.D. for bias and violence against minorities. He may not have chosen an “acceptable” method of protest, but what he is talking about is now on record as being true.

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