49ers general manager Trent Baalke spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday morning. He talked about how working with new head coach Chip Kelly is "great" but the big takeaway was his comment on San Francisco's quarterback situation. According to Baalke, Kaepernick will be on the roster when his $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed on April 1.
Before we go any further, it should be noted Baalke might not be telling the truth. It's been suggested that Kaepernick might not be the quarterback Kelly wants. It's also been reported that Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco. Beyond that, a "commitment" like the one Baalke offered here has proven to be useless in recent history. Last year Jay Gruden "committed" to Robert Griffin III as Washington's starter. Kirk Cousins ended up being the guy. Rams coach Jeff Fisher "committed" to Sam Bradford. How did that situation play out?
But for the sake of this discussion let's give Baalke the benefit of the doubt and assume he's telling the truth. If 49ers are planning to keep Kaepernick, that means one less team in the market for a new quarterback. That could mean the Eagles won't have as much competition to re-sign Bradford. San Francisco seemed like an obvious destination for Bradford due to the Kelly factor. The 49ers keeping Kaepernick could also potentially take them out of play for a quarterback at No. 7, which could mean there will be one available for the Eagles at No. 13.
If Baalke is lying, though, the opposite will be true: the 49ers will very much be in the market for a quarterback. That could mean more competition when it comes to Bradford and/or the NFL Draft. It could also mean Kaepernick as an option for the Eagles, though I don't think that's very likely.
In any case, it'll be interesting to see how the Kaepernick saga plays out. The 49ers' decision could have an impact on the Eagles' quarterback situation.