After a tumultuous off-season in which Colin Kaepernick demanded a trade from the 49ers and underwent three surgeries, the quarterback says he is now excited to get to work in San Francisco.
“At this point everything is football,” Kaepernick said, according to ESPN’s Michael Wagaman. “I’m a 49er and excited to work with Chip (Kelly) and his coaching staff. I’m excited about what’s to come.”
Wagaman reports Kaepernick’s demeanor was notably more positive than last season when he was perceived as sullen and became subject of locker room controversy before requesting a trade away from the team.
The quarterback was reportedly nearly traded to the Denver Broncos, but the deal reportedly fell through after Kaepernick expressed he was unwilling to take a pay cut. Kaepernick said on Thursday that the trade request was simply a business decision.
This week Kaepernick was cleared to participate in on-field practice for the first time since undergoing off-season surgeries on his right thumb, left knee and left shoulder this off-season.
“I was happy to get back on the field this week,” Kaepernick said. “Everything’s coming along and progressing as planned. At this point I can really start to get rolling. I’m excited to get back on the field, get healthy and be ready for this training camp.”