It was a few short years ago that the Denver Broncos almost acquired Colin Kaepernick in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.
How things have changed since. While Denver remains in quarterback purgatory, Kaepernick has not played since the end of the 2016 season. For most, this is a result of the national anthem protests he started that season.
Year later, and Elway indicates that his Broncos will have personnel at Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday.
No matter which way we slice it, Kaepernick would be an on-field upgrade over what Denver currently has at quarterback.
Veteran Joe Flacco is currently sidelined to injury after tossing six touchdowns compared to five interceptions in eight starts.
Rookie second-round pick Drew Lock could come off injured reserve here soon. However, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio noted during the preseason that Lock is nowhere near ready to play.
There’s certainly a connection between Kaepernick and the Broncos. Fangio was San Francisco’s defensive coordinator for the vast majority of the quarterback’s tenure in Northern California.
Denver currently sits at 3-6 on the season and completely out of the AFC Playoff race. However, Elway has made it clear the team doesn’t plan on rebuilding. If that’s the case, a veteran of Kaepernick’s ilk could make sense over the short term.