The Colin Kaepernick Story Continues
Colin Kaepernick has still not found a home with an NFL team. After deciding to kneel during the national anthem last year, teams believe that if they sign Kaepernick, the fans will not approve. This will be an ongoing story until Kaepernick finds a home. Kaepernick is the best quarterback left on the free agent market and it's only a matter of time until a team takes a chance on him. The only question is: Which team is brave enough to do it?
Earlier this year, Kaepernick had his first visit with the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks were in need of a backup quarterback, so they brought Kaepernick in for a workout. Kaepernick and the Seahawks go way back including a 2014 NFC Championship game when Kaepernick was on the 49ers. But, the Seahawks also brought in veteran QB Austin Davis, who played for the Denver Broncos as a third string QB last season. Most people would agree that Kaepernick is better than Davis, but the Seahawks had their own reasoning for it. Pete Carroll told reporters that Kaepernick is "a starter in this league." He stated that the team already had a starter and they did not need another one. But is this really why the Seahawks didn't sign Kaepernick? We'll never know!
The Kaepernick story continued last week when reports came out that the Ravens were interested in him. Joe Flacco had hurt his back and was expected to be out for 3-6 weeks. The Ravens needed a QB to fill in until then, and Kaepernick was the best option on the market. John Harbaugh said that he had built a relationship with Kaeprnick through Jim Harbaugh, former 49ers head coach. Kaepernick seemed to be intrigued by this opportunity. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said that Kaepernick "would absolutely love to play for the Ravens." However, the Ravens signed arena football quarterback David Olson on Friday. This signing might mean the end of another chapter in the Kaepernick story.
A new chapter briefly opened earlier today. Ryan Tannehill was injured this morning in a non-contact way. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christenses said he "just saw him kind of buckle and go down." Tannehill missed the end of the 2016 season due to left ACL and MCL sprains. Tannehill's injury was very concerning and the Dolphins front office started thinking about Kaepernick. They discussed him as being a potential insurance policy if Tannehill's injury turned out to be serious. Tannehill underwent an MRI today and Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that Tannehill did not suffer any structural damage in his knee. While this is good news for the team, it is bad news for Colin Kaepernick. However, Tannehill did hyper extend his knee and could still miss some time. If that's the case, Colin Kapernick could still be a viable option for the Dolphins. The Dolphins will want to make sure Tannehill is safe and they could be extremely cautious with him. This is his second injury to his knee in less than a year. There could be a shot with the Dolphins. Until more news is reported about Tannehill, we have to just wait and see what happens.
If judging on talent alone, Kaepernick deserves to be on an NFL team. He is the most talented quarterback on the market. Teams' only concern is his off the field issues. They believe fans will not be happy if they see a player from their favorite team kneeling during the National Anthem before every game. Nonetheless, Colin Kaepernick deserves to be in the NFL this year and hopefully he will find a new home very soon.