Will Jaguars Sign Colin Kaepernick To Replace Nick Foles?
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars sign Colin Kaepernick to replace Nick Foles after the injury he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs?
Based on the latest rumors around the NFL, it is definitely a viable possibility.
Foles, 30, suffered a broken collarbone early in Jacksonville’s first game of the year against the Chiefs.
As Foles threw the ball for a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark, Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones absolutely leveled him.
Foles left the game for x-rays and was ruled out of the rest of the game shortly thereafter.
The clavicle he hurt on Sunday is the same one he fractured back in 2014 with the Eagles.
“I knew right when I hit the ground that something was wrong,” Foles said.
“I felt it. … All I saw was two red jerseys in my face, I hit the ground and heard a crack.
“Going into the sidelines and getting checked … I just saw the play for the first time before I came in here. It’s unfortunate, but at the same time I’m trusting the good Lord.”
Just like that, Jacksonville’s biggest free agent signing was gone.
The Jaguars had just given Foles a four-year, $88 million contract with a team-record $50.125 million guaranteed in March.
Foles will ultimately have surgery Monday, but there is no clear timetable on his return.
“We don’t have a time span,” he said.
“We’re going to take it one day at a time, just get the surgery done,” he continued.
“I’m going to do everything I can to get back as quickly as I can so we’re ready to roll,” Foles added.
Nick Foles says he’ll have surgery tomorrow and get this thing rolling for healing. “This is worse than 2014 injury but I’m optimistic it’ll heal quicker. Look forward to getting out with the guys. Gardner did good job stepping up.” @ActionNewsJax @ActionSportsJax @ESPN690Jax pic.twitter.com/9naPYfw8rG
— Stuart Webber (@StuartASJax) September 8, 2019
So where do the Jaguars go from here?
Well, Foles was replaced by backup Gardner Mineshew after the injury.
Mineshew threw for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 22-for-25 passing in a 40-26 defeat to Kansas City.
Regardless of how Mineshew’s effort in the loss is viewed, Jacksonville has no other legitimate quarterback options on the roster beyond him.
Whether they pick one up to start or come off the bench is irrelevant at this point – they just need another quarterback.
Who is the most logical option?
The former San Francisco 49ers starter has been out of the NFL ever since he was essentially blackballed for taking a knee during the National Anthem.
During his final season with the 49ers in 2016, Kaepernick started in 11 of 12 games and passed for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In that span, he only recorded a mere four interceptions.
Kaepernick also managed to do all this on a 90.7 rating.
Jacksonville could very easily bring Kaepernick in and then just have a legitimate quarterback competition between him and Mineshew.
If Mineshew wins – all the better.
Kaepernick can serve as a backup until Foles returns or simply not get the roster spot.
Should Kaepernick beat out Mineshew – that would increase Jacksonville’s relevancy in the sports world by a factor of a million.
Will the Jaguars ultimately reach out to Kaepernick?
Time will tell.
All signs point to yes.