Earlier this month we learned that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was part of a sexual assault investigation in Miami. This came at the worst possible time for the quarterback as he was set to begin long term contract negotiations with the Niners ahead of the final season on his rookie deal.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, general manager Trent Baalke, the suspicious incident won’t come into play too much during contract talks.
“Nothing’s changed. But at the same token, negotiations of these kind, they’re long. They can be drawn out. They can be very tedious. Like all of these, it takes a lot of work to get theses types of deals done. We’re going to work diligently like we said we would. But when that gets done, is there a goal, a timeline? I can’t say that there is.”
Obviously, the Niners aren’t going to ignore it but there really hasn’t been much to the investigation beyond tying Kaepernick to it and even the local police backed off that a little. It’s unsettling to have your franchise quarterback mentioned in a sexual assault case but there has been no wrong doing proven and the Niners are going to proceed as if there won’t ever be.