49ers GM says Colin Kaepernick could still return to team next year

Sunday November 22nd, 2015

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Sunday quarterback Colin Kaepernick could still return to the team next season.

Kaepernick was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday. He had been benched for Blaine Gabbert as the team’s starting quarterback for performance reasons prior to being placed on IR.

Asked if Kaepernick is done with the 49ers, Baalke told reporters, “I wouldn't say that at all. I think people are reading into that.”

Baalke signed Kaepernick to a six-year, $114 million extension prior to the 2014 season. The 49ers can release Kaepernick before April of next year and owe him less than $8 million moving forward.

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If Kaepernick, who will have shoulder surgery, is not healthy by April 1, his salary for next season is guaranteed. 

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