The San Francisco 49ers are going through another offseason of transition as they head into the 2016 NFL campaign.
Last year, the Niners had to contend with the departure of Jim Harbaugh and arrival of Jim Tomsula, as well as the retirements of several stars in the form of Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Anthony Davis and Justin Smith.
Now the 49ers are in yet another rebuild with Chip Kelly taking over the reigns after the incredible failure that was Head Coach Tomsula. There's also the quarterback question that lingers, with Colin Kaepernick either in or out of the Bay Area depending which way the wind is blowing. One 49ers star, NaVorro Bowman, has now spoken about the situation.
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Speaking at the franchise's team facility yesterday, Bowman explained that while the Kaepernick trade saga isn't affecting the team at the moment, that could change if it were to drag on into the regular season.
"When the season rolls around, I think it will be a distraction," Bowman said on Wednesday, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. "But right now, guys are just focused on what we have to do."
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"I'm sure upstairs (the 49ers' front office) and Colin are trying to get everything right."
Kaepernick attended the beginning of the 49ers' offseason training regime on Monday, but it appears a certainty that he will be traded to the Denver Broncos at some point.
"But guys are out there on the field putting their work in," Bowman added. "That's the guys that we're going to continue to work with and try to get better."
Running back Carlos Hyde reiterated Bowman's stance, stressing that Kaepernick's presence at team workouts isn't causing any additional tension in the locker room.
"We treat Kap the same way," said Hyde. "He's part of the team right now. He's in there every day. He's in the big room with us. We treat him like he's our teammate, which he is, so we don't treat him any differently."
Kaepernick already has one foot out the door in San Fran, we'll just have to wait and see when the trigger is finally pulled on the move.
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