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Jaworski thinks Kaepernick still can shine ... in Denver

Colin Kaepernick returns to 49ers, but for how long?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has some motivation to show up to the 49ers offseason program. If Kaepernick attends 90 percent of that program, he will be set to earn a $400,000 bonus. Showing up also gives him some leverage in h
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has some motivation to show up to the 49ers offseason program. If Kaepernick attends 90 percent of that program, he will be set to earn a $400,000 bonus. Showing up also gives him some leverage in h

Ron Jaworski, who was perhaps Colin Kaepernick’s most ardent admirer three years ago, now thinks the 49ers quarterback would be better off on another team: the Denver Broncos.

“Going to Denver would be the quickest possible path back to success,” Jaworski, an ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, said Tuesday on a conference call. “You can play to the (Broncos’) defense. You don’t have to score 30 points a game.”

After Kaepernick took over as the 49ers starter in 2012, Jaworski gushed he could become “one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.”

Kaepernick’s statistics, however, have declined every season. And last year he was benched after eight games for Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick and Gabbert are participating in the 49ers’ offseason program this week. But a trade to Denver remains a possibility if the Broncos can work out a new contract with Kaepernick and if Denver and San Francisco can agree on trade compensation.

Jaworski suggested it’s in Kaepernick’s best interest to facilitate a trade because the Broncos, coming off their Super Bowl win, have such a strong roster.

In contrast, the 49ers are rebuilding. They are taking close looks at all the top quarterbacks in the draft and have had workouts with Cal’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and Michigan State’s Connor Cook.

Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will hold his pro day Wednesday. Most draft observers believe Wentz and Goff will be selected in the first 10 picks, followed by Lynch and Cook.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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