At the same time the 49ers received a salary-cap boost that will allow them to handle a long-term extension for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Miami investigation involving Kaepernick and two other plays entered its third month. Police there said they are waiting on a key piece of information.
When will that be in? “I'm hoping by the end of the month, but I can't guarantee anything,” Lt. Vincent Laricci, Commander of the Miami Police Department's special victims unit, said today. “There's nothing we can do on our end” to speed up that process, he said. “What tests they are, I'm not going to divulge.”
On Friday, Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the local state attorney's office, said the outstanding piece of information was “scientific” in nature. Once that comes in, police and the assistant state attorney working on the case will confer and decide how to proceed.
The woman that sparked the investigation was taken to a Miami hospital on April 2 and, according to The Miami Herald, was given a rape test. It's conceivable that all the results of that test have not yet come back. On April 12, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa told the paper that police were waiting on toxicology tests.
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None of the three NFL players involved has been asked to submit DNA. In fact, none has been interviewed by police or investigators with the state attorney's office.
Police believe Kaepernick left the hotel suite he was sharing with receivers Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton shortly after the woman in question, whose identity has not been revealed, entered. A short time later, both Lockette and hotel security called police complaining there was a naked woman in Kaepernick's bedroom who would not leave.
The woman was taken by paramedics to the hospital shortly after midnight April 2. On April 3 she went to police and filled out a report that police have termed a “suspicious incident.”
In the meantime, the 49ers received a $6.6 million boost to their salary-cap surplus on Sunday when former cornerback Carlos Rogers' salary was wiped off the books. The team gained another $2.6 million in cap space when all-pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman converted a portion of his base salary into a signing bonus.
The 49ers have signed their 12 draft picks and have roughly $8 million in space heading into the season. That's enough to accommodate the initial cap hit on a new deal for Kaepernick, one that could average around $18 million per season.
Jim Harbaugh, who has rankled the team's front office in the past when offering soaring reviews of players whose contracts were in question, has done just that with Kaepernick. Earlier this year he said the quarterback deserved a new deal commensurate with the top quarterbacks in the league. His effusive praise hasn't been curbed by the Miami investigation.
Last week Harbaugh described the quarterback as “bionic,” anticipated a break-out season from Kaepernick and was “hopeful” a new deal will be completed. “I’m a big proponent of Colin Kaepernick, his abilities,” Harbaugh said. “On record as stating that I would like to see that happen. It’s a process. I know you’ve heard me use that word before in many other ways. ...There’s a process in place. And it’ll play out.”
Kaepernick, meanwhile, would make less than $1 million in base salary in 2014 absent an extension. Is he eager to see one completed?
“Once again, I’ll just let my agents handle that,” he said last week. “And I’m playing football, regardless.”