According to a report, the San Francisco 49ers want to extend the contract of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and, ideally, that work would be done before the club opens training camp in July.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reported Tuesday that general manager Trent Baalke’s goal is to have something done this summer.
“We’re going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp,” Baalke said. “That’s the objective right now, as it stands.”
Baalke is in Orlando, Fla., for the NFL owners meetings.
The 49ers currently are $3.991 million under the salary cap for 2014, but another $6.6 million will open up on June 1 when Carlos Rogers’ contract comes off the books.
Kaepernick is in the final year of his rookie deal signed after he was drafted in the second round out of Nevada in 2011 and he is scheduled to make $1.073 million this season.
New backup Blaine Gabbert, taken 10th overall by Jacksonville in the same draft, is set to earn a guaranteed $2.011 million.
The 49ers have a 17-6 record in Kaepernick’s 23 starts over the last two seasons, including a 12-4 mark last year along with two road playoff victories. He completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 3,197 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions and also ran for 524 yards and four scores. Kaepernick’s 91.6 passer rating was 10th in the NFL among qualifiers. Football Outsiders graded Kaepernick eighth and seventh in its two quarterback valuation metrics and he was seventh in ESPN.com’s Total QBR with a 68.6 rating (the rating is a 1-100 based system).