A lot has been made of Colin Kaepernick's quest for a new contract this off-season but now his head coach, Jim Harbaugh has weighed in on the debate.
Harbaugh spoke to CSNBayArea.com on the subject this week and said:
“The priority is Colin Kaepernick is a San Francisco 49er for however long we can have him be a San Francisco 49er. It’s definitely a high priority.”
Kaepernick was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft and has since guided the 49ers to three postseason appearances in the past three years.
The quarterback has still one year left on his rookie contract and is due to receive around half of what backup Blaine Gabbert will earn in 2014, however it seems that Harbaugh is keen to make sure that is not the case.
With franchise quarterbacks coming at a premium in today's NFL, it would make sense for the 49ers to sign Kaepernick to a long-term deal avoiding the worst-case scenario of him being stolen by another team.
However the team will also be wary of the recent trend with teams putting large amounts of their valuable salary cap in a starting quarterback who may not be the long term answer.