Quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants to strike a balance with his next contract of being fairly compensated while also allowing the 49ers enough flexibility to assemble a strong roster around him.
At the conclusion of his third season, Kaepernick and the 49ers are allowed for the first time this offseason to begin working on a contract extension. Kaepernick enters the final year of his original four-year contract scheduled to make $1.073 million in salary and bonuses.
“I think it’s a balance,” Kaepernick said Thursday morning during an appearance on San Francisco radio station KNBR while attending the week of activities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. “You want to be paid fairly for what you feel like you’re doing in comparison to your peers. But at the same time, you have to realize that if we want to get Anquan Boldin back, if we want Donte Whitner to come back, we’re going to have to make moves to get them back and there has to be room for everyone.
“And that’s something that I’m going to let my agent and the organization try to figure out. But, hopefully, it’s a (situation) where we can assemble the best team that we need.”
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Kaepernick said his offseason will focus on getting better, not his contract situation. He is scheduled to begin his offseason workout program on Monday in Miami, he said. Kaepernick said he will work out at a training facility Frank Gore and Boldin recommended.
“To me, I’m trying to focus on what I need to do to get ready for next season and improve myself so I can help improve this offense and ultimately help win the Super Bowl,” Kaepernick said.
Kaepernick said he will work on his all-around game -- not just his skills as a pocket passer.
“I think pocket passing is something is something that’s overlooked as far as what I do,” Kaepernick said. “I think people see me running around and they see me throwing on the run. They see me running down field and that’s just what he does.
“When you step up in the pocket and make a normal throw, it gets overlooked because you’re not running around. To me, it’s something, yes, you want to get better at that. I want to get better at throwing on the run, going through progressions quicker, I want to get better at everything. But I don’t think that (pocket passing) specifically is being addressed.”