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49ers GM Aims to Extend Kaepernick Before Season

Posted Mar 25, 2014

One day after Jim Harbaugh called extending the quarterback's contract a “high priority,” Trent Baalke matched his pitch.


Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke are in lockstep at quarterback.

One day after the San Francisco 49ers coach called extending the contract of Colin Kaepernick “high priority,” his general manager matched his pitch.

“We’re going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp,” Baalke told reporters on Tuesday at the owners’ meetings in Orlando. “That’s the objective right now, as it stands.”

San Francisco’s chief decision-maker said the team and Kaepernick’s camp met for the first time last month to discuss lengthening the quarterback’s contract and will negotiate specifics in the coming weeks.

“Now we’re ready to present a formal proposal,” Baalke told reporters.

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The GM was also asked about the possibility of employing the franchise tag, although the 49ers wouldn’t need to consider that option unless Kaepernick enters the 2015 offseason without a new deal.

"I've said this before: The franchise tag is a tool we can use,” Baalke said. “It's not something we like to do… We're going to use all resources to keep our football team together. Will we use it in this scenario? It's really too early to really go into that type of discussion."

It almost goes without saying how valuable Kaepernick has proven to be since he took over the starting job midway through the 2012 season. He lead the team to the Super Bowl that year before going 14-5, including the playoffs, while at the reins this past season.

The 2011 second-round draft pick’s first pro contract runs through this coming season, the team’s first at Levi’s® Stadium.
 

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