San Francisco 49ers to keep Colin Kaepernick unless "blown away"

By Alex Butler  |  March 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, March 28 (UPI) -- Even after asking permission to be traded, it appears Colin Kaepernick is staying put in the Bay Area.

This offseason has been anything but stable for the 49ers quarterback. When coach Chip Kelly arrived in San Francisco, he said that he "would love to work with" Kaepernick. But it was that same day when the quarterback requested the trade.

Trade talks appear to be at a standstill, even with multiple more-than-willing parties interested in the quarterback.

But NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that "The #49ers will keep Kaep. They would fully guarantee his salary now if he commit to being SF's QB."

Rapoport added: "They will keep him... Unless they are blown away, of course."

Kaepernick, 28, signed a seven-year, $126.97 million deal on June 4, 2014. The deal contained $61 million guaranteed. Kaepernick is due $13.9 million in 2016 and $16.5 million this season. His salary escalates to $21 million in 2020.

As Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported, the 49ers might already be on the hook for the quarterback's salary this season, further detouring trade talks.

"The trio of offseason surgeries to Kaepernick (including a left shoulder procedure that landed him on IR in November) may have already tied the team's hands as to the $11.9 million in salary owed to Kaepernick in 2016," Florio wrote. "Technically guaranteed for injury only until April 1, if the 49ers were to cut him while still injured they likely would owe him the money — even if Kaepernick later becomes healthy."

Kaepernick completed 144-of-244 passes, for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions in nine games last season. He was 2-6 last year as a starter.

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