With trade talks around Colin Kaepernick cooling, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to keep the quarterback on their roster past April 1, the date his $11.9 million base salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
But the team will still look to trade Kaepernick before or during the April 28-30 draft, sources tell Schefter.
Kaepernick's agents requested permission from the 49ers on Feb. 26 to seek a trade for their client.
Last week, the Broncos, Jets and Browns each expressed interest in Kaepernick, but a league source told Schefter that nothing was imminent.
Kaepernick, 28, is under contract through the 2020 season as part of the six-year, $114 million contract he signed in 2014.
Wednesday, at San Jose State's pro day, new 49ers coach Chip Kelly said he has talked with Kaepernick as recently as Tuesday but that conversations were primarily about the quarterback's health. He noted that league rules prohibit coaches from talking to players about football matters until players report for organized team activities, which begin for the 49ers on April 4.
At Stanford's pro day Thursday, Kelly said: "I'd love to have him. I'm a big Kap fan."