Colin Kaepernick 'happy to be a 49er' despite trade request

Night net null null Colin Kaepernick said his offseason trade request was simply business, but he's ready to get to work with the 49ers' new coaching staff.Speaking to the media Thursday for the first time since last winter, the sixth-year quarterback said his request was analogous to teams evaluating the roster following the season. MORE: Kelly ready to coach Kaepernick | Night net's all-time most hated"That was an organization that, at the end of the season, goes through and evaluates personnel and opportunities. That was something, I sat down with my team and did the same thing," Kaepernick told reporters. "That's how we handled the business. "We were looking at different opportunities. I really don't want to get into specifics of what happened, why things happened. At this point, everything is football. I'm a 49er."After helping the Niners reach Super Bowl XLVII and becoming the team's full-time starter in 2013, Kaepernick has regressed each of the last two seasons.He was eventually benched midway through 2015 after throwing six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight starts. With Blaine Gabbert taking over at quarterback, Kaepernick was later placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. He spent the offseason in Vail, Colo., rehabbing from three surgeries in the last five months, on his left shoulder, left knee and right thumb.He reported in April for the start of the 49ers' offseason training program, guaranteeing his 2016 salary of $11.9 million. He has yet to do any team drills, but did throw this week during the 49ers' mandatory minicamp. He's been at the Niners' facility on a daily basis since April, though he admitted he has not spoken with San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke. 2016 PREVIEW: Most underrated teams | Most overratedCoach Chip Kelly, hired by the Niners in January, said he has been impressed so far with Kaepernick. Kelly has also been enamored with Gabbert, who is able to get the first-team reps with Kaepernick still not ready to return to full duty. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins admitted last week he had "no idea" when Kaepernick will be fully cleared, but the expectation is he'll be ready for training camp. After all, he's back with the Niners and says he's happy to be there."It hasn't been an odd or awkward situation," he said. "That was the business aspect of football. A

t this point, I'm here, I'm excited to be with Chip and these coaches. The offense has been amazing. My teammates have been great with their support. I'm excited to be back on the field with them. It was a great to be out there this week."