Technically, Colin Kaepernick is still a part of the San Francisco 49ers. Many believe the team will try to deal the fifth-year quarterback before April 1, when they would be on the hook for $11.9 million for 2016.
But that belief isn't stopping Chip Kelly from having certain expectations for Kaepernick.
"If he's here on April 4 we're going to coach the heck out of him and he's going to work his (tail) off," Kelly told the Sacramento Bee at San Jose State's pro-day workouts.
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That's a big if, considering what Kaepernick would cost the 49ers. But Kelly has had some success with underperforming quarterbacks.
In his first year with the Eagles in 2013, he helped Nick Foles have a career year. Foles threw for 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns to only two interceptions. Foles regressed in 2014, throwing for 2,163 yards with 13 TDs to 11 interceptions.
If the Niners believe Kelly could unlock Kapernick's full potential, it could be worth the financial risk. Kaepernick has seen his touchdown passes decrease since his breakout season in 2013.