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February 28, 2014
Jed York flies to Miami to _____________?


Jed York took a flight from the Bay Area to Miami yesterday, which according to Twitter chatter, means: A.) He is trading Jim Harbaugh to the Dolphins, B.) He is negotiating with the Dolphins for Jonathan Martin, C.) He is signing Colin Kaepernick to a long-term deal, D.) He is signing Anquan Boldin to a short-term deal E.) He is reworking Frank Gore's contract.

Or it's quite possible it's option F.) None of the above. The league is holding committee meetings in South Florida early next week, and that's why York is in town.

One possibility you can cross off the list is Kaepernick's deal. The two sides met for the first time last week in Indianapolis. I've been told that the dinner was a good first step but that's all it was - a first step. This is a huge contract, perhaps the biggest one ever completed in the history of the franchise. So it's not something either side wants to rush. There promise to be be plenty of phone calls, faxes and at least one other face-to-face meeting before it is complete.

The recent deals signed by Tony Romo and Jay Cutler will serve as a baseline for negotiations. Both contracts average about $18 million per year. Kaepernick's team will shoot for more than that. After all, their client is younger and has more upside than Cutler and Romo. And unlike the latter, Kaepernick has been at his best in big games.

As far as Boldin, I'm told that both sides want to get a deal done and that they are on the same page as far as Boldin's value. He made $6 million last season, and that's likely what his new deal will average. That's also in keeping with the three-year, $17.5 million salary another 30-something, but still-productive, receiver, Reggie Wayne, signed with the Colts two years ago. The question with Boldin is whether he wants a two- or three-year deal.

Center Daniel Kilgore's three-year extension is worth $5.4 million, plus $1.8 million in escalators, according to former agent and salary-cap guru Joel Corry. He also has $2.595 million in guarantees, including a $1.35 million signing bonus. Kilgore is the leading candidate to take over as the starting center in 2014. But his contract is not such that it precludes the team from bringing in some veteran competition. Joe Looney and Adam Snyder also could get reps at the position this offseason.

I know all the 49ers news from the last week has been weighing on you like a soggy polar fleece. (I went jogging this morning). So step into my office - I'm here to help. I can see you from 11 a.m. to noon. Wait, what are you doing? No, you don't need to remove your clothes. Please keep your shirt on, sir. No, I don't want to see the mole on your lower back. This is a psychiatric appointment. Www.sacbee.com/live.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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