Is Colin Kaepernick Signing With the Dolphins, Bears or Jaguars?
Is Colin Kaepernick signing with the Dolphins, Bears or Jaguars?
It sure looks that way.
Miami, Chicago and Jacksonville all enter Week 2 of the NFL season with issues at quarterback of varying severity.
In their Week outing against the Baltimore Ravens, the Dolphins’ offense was absolutely anemic.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a typical Ryan Fitzpatrick game, recording 185 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception on 14 of 29 passing.
Josh Rosen, the team’s prized offseason pickup, contributed 5 yards on 1 of 3 passing with 1 interception.
Miami badly needs an upgrade at either starting or backup quarterback, but they are not the only ones.
Chicago also looked absolutely awful last Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Despite boasting arguably the best defense in the league, the Bears still lost their Week 1 showdown due to Mitch Trubisky’s ineptness.
Trubisky, 25, put up 228 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 pick in a 10-3 loss.
The performance and defeat were bad, obviously, but what made it worse was the fact that it speaks to the larger issue with Trubisky that has existed since he entered the league.
Two years ago he threw for 7 touchdowns, 2,193 yards and 7 interceptions on a 59.4 completion percentage.
Last year, he threw for 24 touchdowns, 2,223 and 12 interceptions on 66.6 completion percentage.
It’s always one good, one bad with him.
Coming off a season where people thought he was ready to take the next step and led the Bears to a championship, Trubisky puts up 62.1 rating versus the Packers.
Chicago needs some stability at the quarterback position if they hope to compete for a ring.
And they’re not the only ones.
Jacksonville came into this season figuring that with Blake Bortles gone, they could finally have some semblance of competency at quarterback.
They stole Nick Foles away from the Philadelphia Eagles and paid him a team-record $50.125 million guaranteed with a four-year, $88 million contract.
Foles was promptly hurt in the first game of the season with a broken collarbone and his return date is uncertain.
“We don’t have a time span [on a return],” Foles said.
“We’re going to take it one day at a time, just get the surgery done.”
The Jaguars turned to Gardner Mineshew to replace Foles during Week 1’s outing.
For the game, Mineshew threw for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 22-for-25 passing in a 40-26 defeat to Kansas City.
Although the effort wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, it certainly wasn’t anything that would give a team confidence that they had their replacement star quarterback for the rest of the year.
Jacksonville went out after the game and agreed with the Pittsburgh Steelers to acquire Joshua Dobbs in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick, but that deal has limited upside.
Dobbs is unlikely to see much playing time when it is all said and done.
So in the Dolphins, Bears and Jaguars, you have three teams that badly need an upgrade at quarterback.
There is a pretty great one who has been waiting for a shot for a few seasons now.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 4, 2019
Kaepernick, 31, has been out of the NFL for three years. His exile is directly linked to his decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America.
During his final season with the San Francisco 49ers, he put up really solid production that many of the backups in today’s NFL would not be able to top.
In that 2016 season, he started in 11 of the 12 games he played in – and did well for the vast majority of those outings.
More specifically, that year, he passed for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns on just four interceptions. He did all this on a 90.7 rating.
Kaepernick would easily be an upgrade for Miami, Chicago and Jacksonville at backup quarterback, and in the case of all three, perhaps even starting quarterback.
Will he ultimately get a shot in the NFL this year?
Time will tell.