Colin Kaepernick hasn’t taken an NFL field since 2016, but the former 49ers quarterback-turned-civil rights activist is eyeing a comeback in 2022. Not only that, but a handful of teams have reportedly contacted the 34-year-old, and now Kaepernick is set to throw in front of NFL scouts at halftime of 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 his exit from San Francisco in 2017, when he generated national controversy due to on-field protests of police brutality, the former Super Bowl starter hasn’t appeared close to signing with a new team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell openly encouraged clubs to sign the QB prior to the 2020 season, but only after years of conflict between Kaepernick and the league, including a botched NFL-organized workout for the QB to audition for interested teams.
And that’s not even accounting for Kaepernick the player, who starred as a dual threat early in his career but largely came off the bench in his final seasons. If he were to return, it would almost assuredly be as competition for a No. 2 or No. 3 job.
With that said, here’s a look at eight teams that might consider adding Kaepernick this offseason:
Would Aaron Rodgers be OK with it? We’d guess so, considering his new $150 million contract ensures he can’t be threatened under center. Kaepernick would offer more experience than Jordan Love as the backup, and coach Matt LaFleur, who is fond of the ground game, could get creative to deploy the QB in special packages.
Crazy as a reunion sounds, Kaepernick’s mobility doesn’t make him a bad option as potential Trey Lance insurance, especially considering he’d probably be around $25 million cheaper than injury-prone incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo. Can you imagine the surprise resurgence of No. 7 jerseys in the Bay Area? Wilder things have happened…