Week 2 in the NFL saw multiple injured and absent quarterbacks. Several NFL teams are currently contemplating their quarterback situation and will be starting many substandard backups. Meanwhile, the most skilled free agent, Colin Kaepernick, sits patiently waiting for a call.
The list of quarterback needy teams is as long as your arm; Dolphins, Jets, Panthers, Steelers, Broncos, Redskins, Jaguars, Colts, Saints and Buccaneers. That’s almost 30% of all NFL teams. The answer for these teams is right under their nose. Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick Ready to Return
Kaepernick has not started a game since his controversial departure in 2016. His efforts in 2012 for the San Francisco 49ers a distant memory. Ultimately, Kaepernick and the 49ers finished that season losing Superbowl 47 to the Baltimore Ravens.
It has long been assumed that teams are not turning to Kaepernick because owners are scared of the high profile spotlight he brings and the media circus that would surround him signing.
It has become more difficult to justify this over recent weeks, with players such as Antonio Brown causing all sorts of absurd misdemeanors. On top of this Brown has been accused of rape and sexual assault and yet he still managed to find a team within 6 hours of being released!
A source close to Kaepernick has revealed to Pro Football Talk that he is “in the shape of his life”. It has also been revealed that Kaepernick and his agent are actively speaking to quarterback needy teams to force his way on to a roster.
Back in August Kaepernick posted a video on Twitter, showing just how hard he has worked himself over the last 3 years.
The Time is Now for Kaepernick
Whatever the public thinks of Kaepernick, he could still be a top QB. It could be argued he would still be one of the top 32 QBs in the league. If not, then definitely in the top 64. Why would a team not take a backup who has proven he can execute?
Week 3 will be the first in over 15 years where Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees or Eli Manning have not started a game.
Kaepernick has 72 touchdowns over his 6 year NFL career. Instead of these teams turning to Kaepernick, they are choosing to invest in washed up, tired quarterbacks such as Brock Osweiler, Sam Bradford, Paxton Lynch and David Fales. Are teams really doing all it takes to win?
Isolate Kaepernick if you wish, but if you are a quarterback needy team, then you endure the rest of 2019 with little sympathy.
As Bob Dylan famously sang; The answer is Blowin’ in the Wind.
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