49ers begin extension talks with Kaepernick, others

49ers begin extension talks with Kaepernick, others
February 22, 2014, 7:45 am
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Colin Kaepernick is 17-6 in the regular season over two years as a starter. (USATSI)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers are holding discussions with agents to pursue the possibility of contract extensions at the NFL Scouting Combine, general manager Trent Baalke said.

“We’re down here, and we’re having discussions with agents and doing our due diligence,” Baalke said on Friday.

Baalke declined to answer specifically if the 49ers have entered into talks with the agent for quarterback Colin Kaapernick, who is eligible for a contract extension this offseason as he enters the fourth year of his original four-year contract.

The NFL Network reported the 49ers — most likely, team president and chief negotiator Paraag Marathe -- and Kaepernick’s representation met for dinner Friday night in Indianapolis. Scott Smith of XAM Sports represents Kaepernick.

“Where we are with any of this stuff really stays in-house, as always,” Baalke said. “We’re working on a lot of different things right now with our own players. And that’s first and foremost.”

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Donte Whitner, cornerback Tarell Brown and kicker Phil Dawson are among the 49ers’ scheduled free agents. Boldin, Whitner and center Jonathan Goodwin are each represented by CAA, which includes agents Ben Dogra and Tom Condon. The 49ers have exclusive negotiating rights with those players until March 8.

When asked if he expects to have any deals done before the opening of free agency, Baalke answered, “Obviously, that’s the objective, to take care of our own. We’ve said that all along and we’ll continue to work toward that.”

Coach Jim Harbaugh on Thursday listed Boldin as the team’s No. 1 priority to re-sign and stated the process is moving in a positive direction. He said everyone in the 49ers’ organization is “lockstep” in wanting Boldin to return.


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