According to a report, the San Francisco 49ers have broken off contract talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the wake of an alleged incident at a Miami hotel earlier this month.
Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” on Thursday that the talks between the 49ers and Kaepernick on a contract extension have been tabled after a woman filed a police report on April 3 alleging she woke up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there after visiting the apartment of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, where Kaepernick and teammate Quinton Patton were reportedly there.
A separate police report states that Lockette twice called 911 on the night of April 1, claiming a woman refused to leave his apartment. Andy Slater of WINZ-AM in Miami reported the Lockette 911 calls via Twitter on Monday:
Exclusive: Ricardo Lockette called 911 in Viceroy incident after he says female refused to leave. pic.twitter.com/pzy6UfjsEY
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) April 14, 2014
The 49ers had said they wanted to get a deal done with Kaepernick, who can become a free agent after the 2014 season, before the start of the season.
Rapoport said in his televised report that negotiations were not going well and that the sides were not close to an agreement on a deal that is expected to pay the three-year veteran at least $18 million per year.
It’s one thing to be far apart in talks, though, and it’s another to just not talk at all.
It’s been a rough month off the field for the 49ers. In addition to the alleged incident with Kaepernick, cornerback Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit-and-run for an alleged incident with a bicyclist in San Jose and linebacker Aldon Smith ran afoul of the law again when he was arrested last weekend at Los Angeles International Airport for reportedly claiming to have a bomb in his possession. In January, offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore was arrested in Tennessee for public intoxication, as well.
Kaepernick has quarterbacked the 49ers to four postseason victories in the last two seasons, including two straight appearances in the NFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
He threw for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns in 16 starts last season for the 49ers, completing 58.4 percent of his passes and tossing eight interceptions. He also rushed for 524 yards and four scores. He emerged as the 49ers starter in 2012 after replacing an injured Alex Smith in a 24-24 tie with the St. Louis Rams in Week 10.
San Francisco went 5-2 with Kaepernick under center and Smith was eventually traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason.
The 49ers currently have three quarterbacks on the roster. Along with Kaepernick, they have Blaine Gabbert—acquired in a trade last month from Jacksonville—and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a two-year veteran who has never appeared in a regular-season game.