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INDIANAPOLIS -- Shortly after saying he “absolutely” expects Colin Kaepernick to be on the 49ers’ roster, general manager Trent Baalke said he will continue to look for quarterbacks.
“We feel pretty good with the guys we have but we’re always looking,” Baalke said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We’re certainly going to scour this draft and the free-agent market that’s out there. Not a lot of quarterbacks make it to free agency. But we’re going to look at every avenue.”
Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert will compete for the 49ers’ starting job during the offseason under new coach Chip Kelly, Baalke said. But those are not the only two names that are likely to be mentioned in connection with the job this offseason.
The 49ers could use the No. 7 overall pick on a quarterback, such as Jared Goff, Carson Wentz or Paxton Lynch. And there also could be a veteran quarterback or two who could draw some attention.
Baalke was asked specifically about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin, who will become available this offseason after spending the past 1 1/2 seasons as a backup.
“You’re going to kick the tires of everybody that’s available,” Baalke said when asked about Griffin. “To say interested or not, there’s no competitive advantage for me to give that answer. But everybody that’s available, we’re going to kick the tires on, that’s the job we do. Some are going to fit. Some aren’t going to fit.”
In 35 career starts, Griffin averaged 7.6 yard per attempt, completed 63.9 percent of his passes with 40 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Griffin also has rushed for 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns.
Baalke was asked if Griffin would fit into Kelly’s system.
“If you look at the quarterbacks coach has had, he hasn’t had a bunch of guys that can run,” Baalke said. “He’s been able to put together some pretty good offenses with guys that aren’t able to run. You get an extra advantage having a quarterback that can run. If you talk to any coordinator, they’re going to take that as a positive, but it’s not a necessity.”