Kaepernick speaks, says he’s happy to be with the 49ers

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke to reporters for the first time in six months Thursday, and though he addressed his trade request and other matters from a strange offseason, Kaepernick said he’s shifted his focus to a future he hopes includes staying with the 49ers.

I’m very happy to be here,” Kaepernick said. “And looking forward to training camp.”

One of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation is that Kaepernick said he hasn’t spoken to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke since reporting for the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program in April.

The 49ers granted Kaepernick’s request to seek a trade early in the offseason, and though he met with Broncos executive vice president John Elway about a potential trade, the Broncos couldn’t get Kaepernick to agree to a pay cut. Now, Kaepernick says that was “just business,” not awkward, and that he’s focused on his future with new coach Chip Kelly and the 49ers.

“We were looking at different opportunities,” Kaepernick said of his trade request. “I don’t want to get into specifics of what happened, why things happened. At this point, everything is football. I’m a 49er. Once again, excited to work with Chip and this coaching staff.

“I’m excited about what’s to come.”

The end of minicamp Thursday marked the end of the team’s offseason program. Kaepernick was a limited participant through the spring while recovering from surgeries, but Kaepernick said he’ll be “full go” and cleared for the start of training camp, at which point he’ll compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.

“Everything’s coming along, progressing as planned,” Kaepernick said. “At this point I can really get rolling. And I’m excited to get back on the field, get healthy and be ready for this training camp.”

30 responses to “Kaepernick speaks, says he’s happy to be with the 49ers

  1. As I’ve stated all along. When Kap Speaks you listen, he is not going anywhere and neither are the 5 time world champions San Francisco 49ers. #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter #Kapwillbringus6

  2. Translation: “I’m happy to still have a job and making $11.9M for sitting on the bench.”

  3. Kap week bring us six? Lol.
    Ummm, no he won’t. Blaine might bring you six wins

  4. Kap might bring you a few pick 6’s. That’ll be the only 6 he will contribute.

  5. ctiggs says:
    Jun 9, 2016 5:31 PM

    As I’ve stated all along. When Kap Speaks you listen, he is not going anywhere and neither are the 5 time world champions San Francisco 49ers. #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter #Kapwillbringus6
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    Lol. You got that right.

  6. The name Kaepernick must bring back a lot of nostalgia for 9er fans. You know from all those years ago when they were actually into football instead of pretending to be into basketball all of a sudden

  7. Kap’s problem has never been his commitment as a starter. It has been his refusal to accept constructive criticism.

    He never made the leap to elite pocket passer. Some of it can be directed towards our porous O-line and lack luster receivers. But most of it is game planning. His athletic ability is probably second to Cam Newton but his accuracy has a lot to be desired.

    Having said that, he’s our best option at QB right now. And paired with Chip he could function at a high level again like his first two years with Harbaugh. Strong running game paired with a solid wall of linemen necessary to facilitate an effective passing game.

    Nothing is certain but I sure as hell know it will be better than that flatulent janitor we had running the show last year.

  8. “chicagotomahawk says:
    Jun 9, 2016 6:34 PM

    The name Kaepernick must bring back a lot of nostalgia for 9er fans. You know from all those years ago when they were actually into football instead of pretending to be into basketball all of a sudden”
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    Great time to be a Bay Area sports fan. World champion W’s and the Sharks are in the playoffs. Giants have won three World Series in the last six years.
    Eat your heart out.

  9. chicagotomahawk says:
    Jun 9, 2016 6:34 PM

    The name Kaepernick must bring back a lot of nostalgia for 9er fans. You know from all those years ago when they were actually into football instead of pretending to be into basketball all of a sudden.

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    Weird how peoples interest in basketball coincided with the start of basketball season. Probably salty that the Warriors beat the Bulls all time record on the way to their repeat as champs.

  10. Kaep – I’ll be more then happy to hold the clipboard while I collect my guaranteed $11.9mill salary.

  11. If the other 31 organizations think I am worth about 8 million per year and my current organization is paying me 16 per year, I’d be happy where I am at too.

  12. Comfortably Numb says:
    Jun 9, 2016 8:25 PM

    Kaep – I’ll be more then happy to hold the clipboard while I collect my guaranteed $11.9mill salary.

    I know I would be, Only an idiot wouldn’t be.

  13. whenwilliteverend says:
    Jun 9, 2016 5:37 PM
    Translation: “I’m happy to still have a job and making $11.9M for sitting on the bench.”

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    No doubt…..with little chance of sustaining an injury. He should be more than happy…..he should be elated! Moreover, he will still win as many postseason games this season as the red-headed guy who plays for the Bengals.

  14. How is Kap suited to Chip Kelly’s offense? I keep hearing this but I don’t get it. Chip Kelly’s offense requires timing, anticipatory throws and accuracy. Three things Kaepernick is thoroughly awful at. He has a slow, labored delivery; he’s a woefully inaccurate passer and does a terrible job at anticipating his receivers getting open. Because he can run? Who cares? Terrell Pryor can run. Is he a good fit for Chip Kelly’s offense too?

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