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Source: Kap not willing to take Broncos' current pay-cut offer

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Source: Kap not willing to take Broncos' current pay-cut offer

Editor's note: The above video is from March 31, 2016.

Colin Kaepernick is willing to take a pay cut to play for the Denver Broncos, just not one as large as the reigning Super Bowl champions would like.

The Broncos are offering Kaepernick an annual salary of $7 million for the 2016 season and the 2017 season, a source close to the situation told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

Kaepernick and the Broncos have "made progress" on a contract that would run through 2020, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday.

But the finances over the first two years are not favorable for Kaepernick. Agreeing to Denver's offer would cost the 28-year-old quarterback $12.4 million in base salary, and potentially as much as $16.2 million, over the next two years. His current contract with the 49ers pays a base salary of $11.9 million for the 2016 season and $14.5 million in 2017.

Even if the 49ers were to release Kaepernick before April 1 of next year, the quarterback could earn up to $14.3 million in 2016 -- more than the $14 million he would earn in two years with Denver.

Kaepernick would consider a deal with the Broncos that is slightly under his salary with the 49ers, according to the source. But Kaepernick “made his statement” regarding Denver’s current offer by reporting to San Francisco’s offseason program.

Kaepernick flew from Denver to the Bay Area late Sunday night after meeting with Broncos officials and arrived in time for the Monday morning start to the 49ers offseason program.

The 49ers quarterback will receive a $400,000 workout bonus for 90 percent participation in San Francisco's voluntary offseason program. He spent the majority of his first day under Chip Kelly’s tenure in meetings with new quarterbacks coach, Ryan Day, and offensive coordinator, Curtis Modkins.

A trade between the 49ers and Broncos is still a possibility, but the discrepancy in salary would have to be settled by the teams. Kaepernick and the 49ers are at odds, specifically over the diagnosis of injuries he sustained during the 2015 season, but the 49ers are not willing to pay the $4.9 million difference in salary in 2016 to send Kaepernick to Denver.

[REWIND: Kaepernick, 49ers at odds over injuries]

Kaepernick’s season ended when he underwent surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. In January, he had a torn ligament in his right thumb repaired and an arthroscopic procedure performed on his left knee. Dr. Peter Millett at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado performed the work and Kaepernick spent the next two months in Vail undergoing rehab.

Kaepernick has had no setbacks medically, according to the source, and is expected to need at least one more month before he is football-ready.

Under his current contract, which runs through 2020, the 49ers have the option to release Kaepernick before April 1 of each year with a minimal cap hit. 

Kyle Shanahan wants to wear Jimmie Ward's jersey after 49ers' big win

Kyle Shanahan wants to wear Jimmie Ward's jersey after 49ers' big win

Kyle Shanahan is one of the few high-profile members of the 49ers who doesn't wear a uniform on Sundays, but if he had it his way, he'd be just like everyone else.

Well, actually, just someone else.

"We love Jimmie [Ward]," Shanahan said at his Monday press conference. "I'd wear his jersey on the sideline if I could."

Shanahan has long been a fan of the versatile defensive back, but he had extra reason to praise Ward after he was heavily involved in stifling the Rams' offense in a decisive 49ers win Sunday. He was credited with six solo tackles -- only linebacker Kwon Alexander had more -- and two crucial fourth-quarter pass deflections.

"I love his mentality, I love watching him play," Shanahan continued. "He's had some unfortunate things with just not being able to stay healthy, but when he is healthy, he is one of the better players. You guys see what he does. He plays extremely physical out there. He's not scared of anything, he's not scared to fail. He challenges guys in coverage and it's been fun having him out there these two weeks."

For all of the grief Ward has received throughout his career, it was never for a lack of talent.

They say the most important ability is availability, and that's the one area where Ward has significantly struggled, though often due to no fault of his own. He appeared in just 16 of 32 games over the last two seasons combined, and sat out the first four weeks of the current campaign recovering from a broken finger.

Ward was absent from the injury report for the first time all season heading into the matchup with the Rams, so perhaps it's no surprise he came through with his best performance in years, according to Pro Football Focus.

In the two games that Ward has appeared, San Francisco has allowed 10 total points and limited Baker Mayfield and Jared Goff to a combined 21-of-46 passing for 178 yards and zero touchdowns while intercepting two passes. Certainly, that can't all be attributed to Ward's presence, as the defensive line continues to wreak havoc, but his impact can't be discounted altogether.

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The 49ers have long maintained that Ward is a key defensive building block -- if he can just stay healthy.

He's healthy now, and clearly, San Francisco is better for it.

NFL rumors: Panthers' Cam Newton likely to practice before 49ers game

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NFL rumors: Panthers' Cam Newton likely to practice before 49ers game

The Carolina Panthers reportedly could have a decision to make before they play the 49ers in Week 8. 

Quarterback Cam Newton is "expected to be ready to practice after the team's bye this week," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday night citing a league source. 

The Panthers started 0-2 with Newton under center, but turned their season around after undrafted second-year pro Kyle Allen took over under center. Carolina has won each of its last four games, and Allen has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Allen has been aided by running back Christian McCaffrey during that time, as McCaffrey has scored seven touchdowns and accounted for 661 yards from scrimmage over the last four weeks. 

A hobbled Newton struggled in his first two starts, and he said in a self-published video last month that he hid the extent of his foot injury. Newton, when healthy, is one of the NFL's best QBs, but season-ending shoulder surgery in 2018 and his early-season foot injury has led to questions about how much he has left in the tank.

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If he returns in Week 8, Newton will have his hands full with the 49ers' revamped defensive line. Six San Francisco d-linemen have multiple sacks this season, and the 49ers were tied for eighth in the NFL in sacks entering Monday. 

The 49ers are riding high, and San Francisco is 5-0 for the first time since 1990. In Week 7, the 49ers will play 1-5 Washington at FedEx Field before returning to Levi's Stadium to host Newton or Allen and the Panthers.