During an eight-minute conversation with reporters Tuesday, Kaepernick laughed and smiled while repeatedly deflecting questions about his status with the only
Instead, Kaepernick insisted over and over that his focus is solely on San Francisco's season finale against division rival Seattle on Sunday at Levi's Stadium.
"For us, looking ahead is Sunday," Kaepernick said. "That's where our focus is right now, that's where all of our energy is going. We want to make sure we end this season right with a win and do everything this week to prepare for that."
Kaepernick originally signed a $114-million, six-year contract with the 49ers in 2014, but restructured it down to a two-year deal this past October — one day after replacing
The new contract, much more franchise friendly than the original deal, converting Kaepernick's game bonuses into guaranteed money, includes a clause allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
Since replacing Gabbert as the starter, Kaepernick has had varying degrees of success during this mostly dismal season for the 49ers. In 10 starts he has passed 15 touchdowns with four interceptions, 2,026 yards and an 88.2 rating despite a career-low 57.7 completion percentage.
"My focus is this week and making sure that I'm doing everything I can to prepare, and to try to help my teammates prepare this week to get a win," Kaepernick said. "When you're in a situation like this, how you finish the season can help set the foundation for next season. That's what we have to be able to do this week, go out and get a win, leave on a positive note and have something to build on this offseason where we can improve and come into next season ready to roll."
While Derek Carr underwent surgery to repair his broken right leg on Tuesday, the