Detroit Lions Signing Colin Kaepernick?
Are the Detroit Lions signing Colin Kaepernick this year? Ownership has cleared the way for the move, and it is now strictly up to General Manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia.
Kaepernick, 32, has been out of the NFL ever since the 2016 season. His decision to kneel during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice was met with nearly widespread condemnation at the time. It resulted in him being essentially blacklisted from the league for four years – despite numerous attempts by him to return.
Now, popular sentiment on kneeling during the National Anthem has shifted. An act that was once viewed by many as disrespectful to the country is now viewed as a legitimate form of peaceful protest. That has seemingly paved the way for a return to the NFL by Kaepernick – if he can find a team willing to take him.
Many are now wondering if the Lions are that team.
Recently, principal owner Sheila Ford Hamp indicated that she would be fine with Kaepernick being added to the fold – and that the decision would belong entirely to her general manager and head coach.
With starting quarterback Matthew Stafford constantly having injury issues, having a competent backup would make a lot of sense. The question simply becomes: is Kaepernick still able to play at a consistent level at this stage in the game? Particularly after being out of the league for four years?
Some people think so.
During a recent interview, former Niners head coach and current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested that any team that picked Kaepernick up would walk away very happy with what they get.
“My advice is he’d be worth your time and that NFL team will be very happy,” he said of any organization that would sign Kaepernick.
Last year, a number of high-profile NFL quarterbacks got injured, but no teams actively sought to replace them with Kaepernick.
Will that change this year? Time will tell.