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Kaepernick: 'I did nothing wrong' in Miami case

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A smiling Colin Kaepernick stood on the edge of the 49ers practice field and spoke Wednesday with excitement about his future, on and off the field.

From a legal standpoint, Kaepernick professed his innocence regarding an April incident with a woman in Miami, adding he's "very eager" for the state attorney to review the case now that Miami police have concluded their investigation.

"I did nothing wrong in that incident, so I want to do everything I can to let the D.A. close this matter," Kaepernick said in his first media session with Bay Area reporters since the NFC Championship defeat.

From a football standpoint, Kaepernick raved about his upgraded receiving corps, one that hasn't included tight end Vernon Davis as voluntary workouts picked up this week.

Rather than hold out for new contracts entering the final year of their rookie deals, Kaepernick and favorite target Michael Crabtree looked in sync on the second day of organized team activities.

"It's picking up where we left off. Also at this point, he's healthier than where he was," Kaepernick said of Crabtree. "He's had more time to rehab, more time to spend running and getting in shape and working on routes. It's always exciting to have (No.) 15 on the field."

Crabtree tore his right Achilles on the first day of OTAs a year ago, and he returned in December to help the 49ers' playoff push. But more receiving help was needed, so to complement Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, the 49ers brought in veterans Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd, along with fourth-round draft pick Bruce Ellington.

"Kap said it the other day: He feels like he has a stable of receivers," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Maybe that's the first time we've said that."

Harbaugh reiterated he wants Kaepernick to land a lucrative contract extension, a "process" that could wind up before he begins his second full season as the 49ers starter.

"I really expect a real breakout year for Colin," Harbaugh said. "Athletically, he looks bionic. If you all remember the 'Six Million Dollar Man,' that's what it looks like to me. He's very gifted and always has been.

"He has the look and feel of a guy that's going to break out even more so than he already has. I'm really excited about everything about his game right now."

While Kaepernick lets his agents at XAM Sports handle his contract, he's focused on improving his game, especially in the red zone. The past two seasons have ended with his unsuccessful throws to the end zone.

"That's something I constantly think about," Kaepernick said. " . . . Whether it's taking a check down or whether it's making a big throw at the end of the championship game, what can I do different to make sure I'm making those plays?"

A possible solution to those woes is Lloyd, who made a nice sliding catch in the end zone Wednesday. Lloyd said his connection with Kaepernick is going "real good," and the quarterback is well aware of Lloyd's "success down there" with 35 career touchdowns before sitting out 2013.

Though Kaepernick did not visit an outside coach to work on throwing mechanics this offseason, he did work out in Florida with Boldin and Quinton Patton before the 49ers' offseason program began last month.

Patton was listed with Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks wideout Ricardo Lockette in an April police report by an unidentified female who claimed she partied with the trio before waking up naked in a bed in their apartment and eventually going to a hospital.

A Miami police report stated that the woman claimed to have had a previous relationship with Kaepernick but did not have sex with him that night. According to 911 audio, a hotel security guard and a man believed to be Lockette both called police asking to have the woman removed from Kaepernick's suite.

"The district attorney has the information today. At this point, I'm going to let them handle their business," Kaepernick said.

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