SANTA CLARA -- The Denver Broncos traded to get a quarterback Thursday, but it wasn't Colin Kaepernick.
Instead Denver traded ahead five spots in the first round to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. He joins Mark Sanchez and Trevor Seimian in the Broncos quarterback corps and his acquisition douses the possibility of Kaepernick heading to Denver.
“Yeah, we can end that,” Broncos general manager John Elway told reporters in Denver.
Counterpart Trent Baalke, meanwhile, refused to take Kaepernick off the trading block last week during a session with reporters.
“We’ve answered that question a lot,” he said when asked about Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers Thursday. “We’re moving forward with the guys that are on this football team and Colin’s on this football team.”
Kaepernick met twice with Broncos general manager John Elway in recent months and the Broncos were far and away his most interested suitor. Denver, however, wanted Kaepernick to take a big cut in salary and the deal never was made.
Kaepernick instead showed up for the start of the 49ers' April 4 offseason program and has been on hand since. He is still recovering from three surgeries -- primarily on his left shoulder -- and has not yet been cleared to throw.
That clearance is expected to come next month when a competition with Blaine Gabbert for the 49ers' starting spot could begin in earnest.
“My conversations with Kap is that I understand that the NFL is a business and you have an agent and there’s things you take care of,” coach Chip Kelly said of the situation. “The one thing I’ve told him and I think he can tell you has happened is that, ‘If you’re here on April 4th -- and I really want you here on April 4th -- we’re just going to coach the heck out of you. And he’s been outstanding since he’s been here on April 4th. He’s worked as hard as anybody on this team at his rehab. He’s been great in every single meeting we’ve had. He’s been at every single training session we’ve had. So I’ve got nothing but positive things to say about Kap.”