Will Colin Kaepernick Sign With The Colts, Panthers Or Eagles?
Will Colin Kaepernick sign with the Colts, Panthers or Eagles?
That is the question on the minds of NFL fans all over the league now that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has expressed renewed interest in returning to playing football.
Kaepernick, 31, has not played in the NFL since opting out of his contract in 2016.
Many believe that his prolonged absence from the NFL is tied to his decision to kneel during the national anthem, but others say that he simply lacks the skills necessary to justify the media circus that would surround his signing.
Regardless, Kaepernick has been out of the league for three years now.
Last week, when Andrew Luck abruptly announced that he was retiring from the sport, Kaepernick made his desire to play in the NFL known.
5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019
The Colts are planning on starting Jacoby Brissett in Luck’s place, but the depth chart is pretty thin after that.
Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly are the two players slated to take over should anything happen to Brissett, but neither figure to inspire much fear in opposing defenses.
There were reports this week that Indianapolis was entertaining the prospect of bringing in Brock Osweiler, Matt Cassel or Brandon Weeden to bolster the quarterback ranks.
Are any of them actually better than Kaepernick? That is up for debate.
In his last year in the NFL, Kaepernick played 12 games – 11 of which were starts. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions on a 90.7 rating.
For comparison’s sake, in seven games with the Miami Dolphins last year, Osweiler completed 63.5 percent of his passes and racked up six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Cassel has thrown a grand total of 93 passes since 2015.
Weeden is turning 36 this season and has not thrown an NFL pass since 2015.
Needless to say, none of the Colts’ backup options look that great.
And that is to say nothing of their prospects with Brissett as the starter.
Indianapolis’ record with Brissett as a starter is 4-11.
During his only full season at the helm of the offense, Brissett averaged 200 yards per game on a completion percentage of 59.1 percent.
It seems like the Colts could do a lot worse than giving Kaepernick a shot.
If not Indy, though, the Panthers and Eagles may be viable options. Cam Newton will reportedly be ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season after injuring his leg, but his health is always a question mark. He has missed at least two games in three of the last five years.
Philadelphia is another possible destination. Doug Pederson previously said that the Eagles had considered Kaepernick in the past, so there is no reason to assume it cannot happen again.
Carson Wentz’s fragility is a matter of public record at this point, and Nick Foles isn’t around anymore to back him up when things inevitably go bad.
Will Kaepernick ultimately find a home? That remains to be seen.
But it is probably safe to assume that if it doesn’t happen this year, it never will.