As Colin Kaepernick aims for his comeback, rumors are swirling that his shaky relationship with San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke might cause him his job.
It is an open book that Kaepernick and the 49ers have no love for one another after the 28-year old asked for a trade over the course of the summer this year. The 49ers did not agree to it as Chip Kelly wants to work with him. Kaepernick has yet to throw the ball this pre-season and he has been sitting out for the last two matches, thus questions are popping out if he will ever see a game for the team this season.
Kelly has stated that he wants Kaepernick up and running at 100% when the season starts. But recent talks between Kaepernick and Baalke might have fueled the thought of him wanting to move to other teams as the league progresses. Kaepernick told CSN Bay Area that his relationship with Baalke is “business” in nature.
“Once again, I’m not getting into all the specifics, anything like that,” he said. “We’re focusing on football and my focus now is this game Friday.”
Baalke threw some serious note about Kaepernick’s condition stating that instead of working to get that starting position, Kaepernick is trying to beat out Blaine Gabbert. If his throwing arm would still bother him throughout the pre-season, Baalke hints that Kaepernick might only see the bench all season long.
Kelly, however, is optimistic that Kaepernick will play this Friday against the Green Bay Packers. He explained that they still have two days of practice ahead of them and will gauge if Kaepernick is ready to take on the field. Kelly wants to see how Kaepernick treats this challenge for the starting position and motivates himself to shut his critics down, which may also include Baalke.
Kaepernick missed two of 49ers pre-season matches due to a sore throwing arm. But that will not stop him from getting back and rising up to the challenge. Kelly hopes to put him in this Friday’s match to prove that he still has that fire in him to lead the team.
Watch Kaepernick and the 49ers take on the Packers via live stream at NFL Game Pass at 9 p.m. Central Time and in all NFL Networks starting at 10 p.m. Central Time.
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