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49ers’ Baalke: Kaepernick has ‘smile on his face’ to begin camp

Coach Chip Kelly on quarterbacks, first look at healthy Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly talks to reporters prior to the start of Sunday's practice about the battle for the starting quarterback position between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. Coach Kelly explains, "We’re going to split it righ
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San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly talks to reporters prior to the start of Sunday's practice about the battle for the starting quarterback position between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. Coach Kelly explains, "We’re going to split it righ

During the offseason, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick met twice with Broncos general manager John Elway but not at all with his own general manager, Trent Baalke.

Baalke said this week the important thing was that Kaepernick was interacting with coaches and teammates and is seemingly happy with his situation.

"Colin, by all accounts, -- you saw him today, he’s worked hard, he’s got his weight back, smile on his face, ready to go to work and compete,” Baalke said. “And that’s the most important thing for these guys.”

Kaepernick requested a trade during the offseason and at one point it seemed as if the Broncos -- a short drive from where the quarterback was rehabilitating in Vail, Colo. -- seemed like his next destination. The Broncos and Kaepernick, however, could not agree on compensation and the deal fell through.

Since then, Kaepernick has focused his attention toward regaining his 49ers starting role, and he seems to have struck a good relationship with coach Chip Kelly, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day.

That's the way it should be, Baalke said.

"The most important part for all these guys right now is to get comfortable with the staff. They all know who I am. I've been here since 2006,” he said. “They know who I am, they know how I operate and the comfort level they have to have with that staff is the most important thing."

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

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