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Harbaugh: Colin Kaepernick Extension "High Priority"

Posted Mar 24, 2014

The 49ers coach told reporters at the owners' meetings in Orlando that lengthening the contract of his quarterback is on the team's to-do list.

Jim Harbaugh wants Colin Kaepernick in red and gold beyond 2014.

The San Francisco 49ers coach explained how important keeping his quarterback will be while speaking with reporters at the NFL owners’ meetings on Monday in Orlando.

“Those things have a process that play out,” Harbaugh told reporters, including Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “The priority is Colin Kaepernick is a San Francisco 49er for however long we can have him be a San Francisco 49er. It’s definitely a high priority.”

Kaepernick has excelled in his first three pro seasons, winning 17 of his 23 starts while sporting a 93.8 passer rating. He is entering the final year of his contract and is eligible to negotiate a new deal this offseason.

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He has a top supporter in San Francisco.

“Amazing individual. Amazing player,” Harbaugh said. “He shows up and works all the time. There’s really nobody to compete with him in a workout situation. He will bury everybody. And then when somebody tries to compete with him, he just ramps his competitiveness up and somebody’s over there on a knee throwing up.

“He’s unbelievable. As you can tell, I think he’s a special and great player. So it’s a high priority.”

During his chat with reporters, Harbaugh also explained why the 49ers didn’t consider drafting Blaine Gabbert, whom the club acquired via trade on March 11, with its first-round pick in the 2011 draft.

"Another really good player, and where he was picked in the draft was evidence of that,” Harbaugh said. “Really we personally made that promise to Alex Smith that we weren't going draft a quarterback at No. 7.”

San Francisco's brass employed that pick on linebacker Aldon Smith, Gabbert's Missouri teammate, before trading up to get Kaepernick in the second round.


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