Will Colin Kaepernick Sign With Seahawks, Cowboys, Packers Or Browns?
Will Colin Kaepernick sign with the Seahawks, Cowboys, Packers or Browns?
It is certainly a possibility.
Kaepernick, 31, saw his name dragged back into the NFL conversation after Andrew Luck’s surprising retirement a few weeks ago.
The Indianapolis Colts were suddenly left without a quarterback and everyone randomly remembered that a really good one has been out of the league since 2016.
In his last full year in the NFL, Kaepernick started in 11 of the 12 games he played in.
That year, he passed for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns, while only recording four interceptions. He did all this on a 90.7 rating.
You will recall, the NFL was not as pass-friendly three years ago as it is today, and yet Kaepernick’s numbers are significantly better than anyone the Colts were considering bringing in to bolster their quarterback ranks.
Indianapolis ultimately ended up signing Brian Hoyer to a three-year deal worth $12 million, after he was let go by the New England Patriots.
A new QB in Indy: Colts are signing former Patriots’ QB Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million deal that includes $9 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2019
Hoyer, in 2018, recorded two passing attempts. He completed one. His rating was 58.3
The other names that were being tossed around in Indianapolis were Brock Osweiler, Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden.
Osweiler threw for six touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games with the Miami Dolphins last year.
Cassel has only thrown 93 passes since 2015.
Weeden has not thrown a pass since 2015.
These were the guys considered for a backup quarterback role with the Colts ahead of Kaepernick.
And that is to say nothing of who is actually taking over the starting job for Luck – Jacoby Brissett.
His record as a starter? 4-11.
His stats during his only full season at the head of the Indy offense? Roughly 200 yards per game on a completion percentage of 59.1.
Again, this is who is playing quarterback in the NFL ahead of Kaepernick.
All of that being said, after three years away, Kaepernick being able to come in and start is unrealistic.
A backup role, though? That should be doable.
And there are multiple teams he would be a good fit with.
Seattle recently made a big upgrade on defense with Jadeveon Clowney, but their offense lives and dies by Russell Wilson’s health.
If Wilson goes down, the only person backing him up is Geno Smith.
Kaepernick could be a great fit in a progressive city like Seattle with Pete Carroll’s coaching team designing schemes for him.
If not Seattle, the Cowboys would make sense. They are having trouble coming to terms with Dak Prescott anyway, and Cooper Rush is hardly a proven commodity.
If Kaepernick had the sort of weapons Prescott had last season at running back and wide receiver, he would likely put up similar if not better numbers.
Now that the Packers cut DeShone Kizer, Green Bay could be a good landing spot for Kaepernick. Tim Boyle is Rodgers’ sole backup now, but he has never played a regular season game.
If Rodgers goes down at the hands of one of the violent defenses in the division, Kaepernick could be a good replacement.
Finally, Cleveland is thin behind Baker Mayfield. Yes, they have Drew Stanton, but he is four years older than Kaepernick and has only played five games since Kaepernick called it quits in 2016.
There should be a place in the NFL for Kaepernick given who else has a quarterback job in the NFL right now.
Will there be a place for him?
Time will tell.