Colin Kaepernick trains for NFL scouts in hopes of 2022 comeback: Eight potential landing spots for QB

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t taken an NFL pitch since 2016, but the former 49ers quarterback turned civil rights activist is eyeing a return in 2022. Not only that, but a handful of teams have reportedly contacted the player from 34 years old. On Saturday, Kaepernick showed his arm in front of NFL scouts at halftime at Michigan’s spring game.

If history is any indication, the apparent interest in Kaepernick doesn’t mean the QB is actually a safe bet to return. Since leaving San Francisco in 2017, when he sparked national controversy due to on-field protests against police brutality, the former Super Bowl starter hasn’t seemed close to signing with a new team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell openly encouraged clubs to sign the QB ahead of the 2020 season, but only after years of conflict between Kaepernick and the league, including a botched practice run by the NFL for the QB to audition. for interested teams.

And that’s not even taking into account Kaepernick the player, who played the dual threat role early in his career but largely came off the bench in his later seasons. If he were to return, it would almost certainly be a competition for a No. 2 or No. 3 position.

That said, here’s a look at eight teams that could consider adding Kaepernick this offseason:

Would Aaron Rodgers be okay with that? We assume so, given that his new $150 million contract ensures he can’t be threatened under center. Kaepernick would offer more experience than Jordan Love as a backup, and coach Matt LaFleur, who loves the ground game, could get creative with deploying the QB in special packages.

7. 49ers

As crazy as a reunion might sound, Kaepernick’s mobility doesn’t make him a bad option as potential Trey Lance insurance, especially since he’d likely be around $25 million cheaper than the incumbent. Injury-prone Jimmy Garoppolo. Can you imagine the surprise resurgence of No. 7 jerseys in the Bay Area? Wilder things have happened this offseason, right?

They need QBs, clear and simple. Their big plan likely lies in this year’s rookie QB class, but after taking a flier at a Cam Newton reunion in 2021, why can’t they roll the dice with another aging dual threat?

Their aversion to depriving young Jalen Hurts of the limelight (especially after the abrupt falling out with Carson Wentz) will likely keep them on the sidelines, but stylistically the fit is there. Kaepernick is closer to Hurts’ skills than current No. 2 Gardner Minshew purely because of his legs, and if the Eagles are really going to lean into that heavyweight approach, why wouldn’t they be interested in a situational reserve? Special teams coordinator Michael Clay was also on the 49ers staff during his time there.

One of the teams that attended his 2019 practice for NFL scouts, they have Logan Woodside as Ryan Tannehill’s backup. They could easily add competition there, and Kaepernick’s legs would bode well for their heavy offense.

They would have been interested in the past, but more importantly, Lamar Jackson only has Tyler Huntley behind him on the depth chart, and he’s coming off an injury-riddled 2021. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who relies on many QB runs, was Kaepernick. OC for four different seasons in San Francisco.

They’ve easily been the most – and tangibly – linked to Kaepernick since his final playing days. On the one hand, that suggests they’re all talk, no action when it comes to potentially adding him. On the other hand, there’s never been a better time for them to pick up a flyer and give it a chance to launch their first attack. With Russell Wilson gone, only Drew Lock is a conceivable starter here.

Why the hell not? If any team is open to adding weapons of all kinds, this is it. Andy Reid isn’t shy about offering comeback story opportunities, Patrick Mahomes would likely take the chance to work alongside him, and Chad Henne could still be the more conventional replacement. Wide receiver Daurice Fountain has recently been spotted on running routes for Kaepernick, and it’s not hard to imagine Eric Bieniemy using the QB in some of Kansas City’s match-fixing lineups.

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