49ers To Keep Kaepernick, Let Him Compete For Starting QB Job

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said that the team plans to retain quarterback Colin Kaepernick for next season and wants him to compete for the starting quarterback job with Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick struggled last season, passing for 1.615 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions in nine games last season before being benched in favor of Gabbert. 

However, many think his mobility and arm strength make him an excellent fit for new head coach Chip Kelly's spread offensive system. Kelly hasn't said much about San Francisco's quarterback situation, but their intention to keep Kaepernick shows that they think he could resurrect his career under Kelly.

There were questions about Kaepernick's future with the franchise after his benching as the 49ers could save $7.4 million if they cut him. He will make $12 million this season.

Kaepernick made waves earlier this offseason when he said he wanted to leave the 49ers to play for the New York Jets, who have expressed interest in acquiring him, but the 49ers appear content to keep him to see what he can do under Kelly.

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