Colin Kaepernick restructured his contract earlier this season, clearing the way for him to play for the 49ers without the team risking paying him guaranteed money should he be injured.
The new deal also allowed him to be a free agent at the end of this season, should he choose to opt out. The Los Angeles Times uncovered that the Niners’ starting quarterback had placed his South Bay mansion on the market for sale.
The mansion in San Jose is reportedly listed for $2.895 million, and Kaepernick called the move an “investment decision” via a 49ers spokesman on Thursday.
The quarterback smiled and continued walking to the practice field when asked about it in Orlando, according to the Mercury News.
When asked about Kaepernick’s future with the team in light of the restructured deal, head coach Chip Kelly said his relationship with him is entirely focused on the job on the field.
“I don’t deal with contracts,” Kelly said Thursday. “… As I’ve said with everything, even the stuff when we first got there is when he’s with us it’s all football. If there’s a business thing, that’s between him and his agent and the front office. But that’s not something that we’ve ever had a discussion about.”
Kaepernick shook off questions about what lies ahead earlier this week, saying, “I’m focused on Chicago this week. I’m not thinking that far down the road.”
He’s improved in each of his six starts he’s made this season — even if the team hasn’t experienced success, falling to 1-10 in the process.
Kelly said he’s seen the quarterback steadily improve as he gets more comfortable in the system, adding that he’s enjoyed his experience with Kaepernick.
“He works extremely hard, he really wants to be great and works at it from that standpoint,” Kelly said. “So, all that other stuff, I think he does a really good job of leaving that outside the door and we never really discuss it because that’s really not what our relationship is about.”
The 49ers are training in Orlando before heading to Chicago for a date with the 2-9 Bears on Sunday.