The San Francisco 49ers are serious about getting a new deal done with Colin Kaepernick ahead of the 2014 season.

General manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando that the team hopes to lock down a new contract with the quarterback by the start of training camp in late July. Preliminary contract negotiations with Kaepernick's agents have begun, with face-to-face meetings up next.

"We're going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp," Baalke said, according to "That's the objective right now, as it stands."

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that locking up Kaepernick is a major goal of San Francisco's offseason.