49ers Keep Colin Kaepernick on Roster; $11.6M Salary Guaranteed
Despite enduring back-to-back seasons of struggle, the San Francisco have opted to keep quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the team's roster for next season.
The decision will make the QB's $11.9 million base salary for 2016 fully guaranteed.
GM Trent Baalke made the announcement this week, but did not give a definite answer to whether he would start at quarterback next season... or have to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the job.
"I think the good thing is we've got two guys that have gone into games who've proven they can play," Baalke said, "and Colin's done some awful good things through his career, won some big games for the San Francisco 49ers and [we] expect him to come back.
"The main focus right now is health, getting him healthy. He's done a good job with his rehab. Talking to the medical staff, that seems to be going very well, and [we] just look forward to getting him back and getting him working with this coaching staff."
Kaepernick is currently recovering from three surgeries (left shoulder, right thumb, left knee).
ESPN reports that the 28-year-old will count against the salary cap for $16.8 million in 2016.
The Niners do have the option to release him in 2016, 2017 and 2018 before an April 1 deadline, before any remaining money on his contract that was guaranteed for injury only becomes fully guaranteed.
Kaepernick's base salary will be $14.5 million in 2017, and $15 million in 2018.