Cam Newton is off the board, having agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. So where does that leave Colin Kaepernick?
The veteran free agent quarterback appears to have a chance to restart his career in 2020. If the NFL really is serious about embracing him and the social justice issues Kaepernick has been fighting for, then it’s time to make that happen.
If Kaepernick does get his second chance in the NFL, these four teams should sign him.
Sure, Big Ben Roethlisberger is coming back and appears to be ready to play come Week 1. However, is there any security in that? Roethlisberger is one of the toughest quarterbacks out there and guts out a lot of pain. But the truth is he’s been banged up a lot in recent years and is 38 years of age. On top of that, the Steelers don’t have a reliable backup plan if Roethlisberger does get injured in 2020.
Besides, Kaepernick would be a dynamic quarterback in the system Pittsburgh runs, with the talent the Steelers have brought in. If he needed to play, Pittsburgh’s offense wouldn’t take a significant step backward.
The two top quarterbacks in Jacksonville right now are Gardner Minshew and Mike Glennon. Need I say more? Okay, I will.
Minshew did have a promising rookie campaign. He was one of the best rookies in the NFL, actually. So maybe there’s something there to build around for the future. Jacksonville seems sold on this former Wazzu star. But what if Minshew suffers a sophomore slump? What if he gets hurt? If tanking is the goal, the Jags are set up. If they want to win, they’ll sign Kaepernick to compete for the starting job this summer and back up Minshew if he loses the competition.
There is no doubt that Ryan Tannehill will open the 2020 season as the starting quarterback in Tennessee. The Titans made him a rich man this offseason after he came in and performed beautifully during the second half of last season. However, Tannehill was brutally bad in the playoffs and has a history of going cold.
On top of that, Tennessee really does not have anyone behind Tannehill. There’s no viable backup. That’s a fact. Signing Kaepernick would be an easy fix to that problem. And if he ever did come in to play for the Titans, just imagine the havoc he and Derrick Henry could wreak upon NFL defenses as a dual-rushing attack.
Los Angeles Chargers
Sure, the Chargers appear sold on Tyrod Taylor. He’s pretty good, too. In Buffalo, Taylor proved he can win games and showed remarkable ball security (51 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions in 44 games).
The Chargers have to do more than just win games, though. They have to sell tickets and secure a legitimate fan base. That has been the biggest challenge for the franchise since it moved away from San Diego. Signing Kaepernick would spark immediate and significant interest. The Chargers would almost assuredly have one of the highest-selling jerseys in the NFL, and they’d have more of their actual fans showing up for games at their brand-new stadium in Inglewood.
It just makes too much sense.