"Of course, nothing can be finalized yet. Whether Alex is with us or he's somewhere else next season, he's been a great teammate to me," Kaepernick said in an interview that can been seen on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on "NFL Total Access." "(He's) been a great friend, a great mentor. So anywhere he goes, or if he's still with us, he's gonna be successful."
Debate: Alex Smith trade fallout
Kaepernick was asked what he'll miss about Smith on game day.
"I think the biggest thing with Alex is he was always in my ear, making sure I was seeing the defense," Kaepernick said. "Did I see safeties do this? Did I see the rotation? Did I see things like that? Just making sure I have mental clarity when I step on the field."
Kaepernick isn't known for being outspoken with the media (this might be a considerable understatement), but Smith's change of scenery is good for both quarterbacks. Smith gets a fresh start and a starting job, while Kaepernick gets to be The Man in San Francisco without any of the soap opera elements concerning the man he supplanted.