The San Francisco 49ers front office has refuted rumors from Sunday that indicated the team was looking to trade starting QB Colin Kaepernick.
In a statement from the team, 49ers GM Trent Baalke declared that Kaepernick is staying with the team and called the reports that the 49ers were planning on moving him “ridiculous.”
“Colin is our quarterback and we are excited to have him,” Baalke said. “He is not going anywhere. The media reports suggesting otherwise are without merit and, quite frankly, ridiculous.”
It was reported late Sunday night by Jayson Braddock of KBME radio in Houston that the 49ers put Kaepernick on the trading block and were listening to offers from the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Kaepernick was awarded a massive contract extension before the 2014 season after leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship game the year before – but his play on the field in 2014 failed to justify his salary.
Kaepernick regressed as a passer in 2014, recording just 6.9 yards/pass, 19 TDs and a three-year low 86.4 passer rating with a career-low 55.9 QBR. The 49ers would go on to finish with an 8-8 regular season record, missing the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, and head coach Jim Harbaugh mutually parted ways with the team to accept the head coaching job at Michigan. Harbaugh was later replaced by long-time assistant Jim Tomsula.