Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Why the heck not? Different reports have come up recently indicting why Kaepernick is still unemployed. Some teams are apparently worried about public backlash should they sign the enigmatic former Super Bowl quarterback. He’s definitely a divisive figure following last season’s national anthem protest. Equally as important, some executives simply aren’t interest in signing Kaepernick the guy (more on that here).
On the field, however, there’s no reason to believe that Kaepernick can’t come in and do a solid job as a starter in the NFL. He recorded 18 total touchdowns compared to four interceptions while putting up 250-plus total yards in five of his 11 starts for the 49ers last season. It was Kaepernick’s best performance since he took over as San Francisco’s starter back in 2012.
Considering the likes of Matt Barkley, EJ Manuel, Nick Foles, Landry Jones and Geno Smith have all found jobs this month, it’s absolutely shocking that Kaepernick has not signed with a team.
Unlikely to return to the 49ers, it was reported last week that Kaepernick was close to inking a deal with another squad. It remains to be seen who said team might be, but the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Houston Texans could all be in the market for an upgrade under center.
What we do know here is that Kaepernick is unlikely to earn north of $10 million annually on his new deal. Given what Mike Glennon received from the Chicago Bears, that would make this talented quarterback a tremendous value. Look for Kap’s market to play out some time following the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.