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Quarterback Colin Kapernick is still without a job after the 49ers cut him due to his contract size, and his status as the back-up. ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes that Kaepernick is still without a job because certain NFL owners are blocking their teams from expressing interest in the dual-threat QB.
During an interview with Mike and Mike, Schefter said “Do I think that certain owners have blocked teams from visits or interest? I do, I do believe that,” the ESPN insider added, “And I think that there has been more interest in him from the coaching and front office level than there has been at the ownership level. So it was always going to take a unique opportunity for him to be brought in, in the right place, at the right spot, at the right time.”
Any owner that is preventing your general manager and coaching staff from even exploring adding Kaepernick as a back-up is cutting off their own nose for political reasons. It appears that these owners don’t want Kaepernick on their team because of the protest he made from the bench in 2016; which only seemed to really bug the some fans, pundits, and owners, but not his teammates.
It’s hard to understand the mindset that would make an owner prevent his team from even visiting with the former starter; he’s got a cannon for an arm, and has the ability to escape from the pocket when it collapses, which should make him a valuable addition to any team’s roster. Kaepernick would, potentially, help limit the drop off in talent if the starting quarterback goes down with an injury; that’s a really good reason to bring him in for at least a visit.
The 29-year old would make a good back-up, but has severe limitations as a starter. From his inconsistent decision making, to his inability to protect himself from getting killed while running outside of the pocket, Kaepernick has pretty much made it nearly impossible for him to walk into a starting job in the NFL. He’s going to have to earn a starting job from the bench.
Despite these limitations, Kaepernick has flashed moments of absolute brilliance as starter; for example, his performance during the 2012 NFC Title game.
But Kaepernick was not able to adapt to the changing defensive schemes as quickly as the league’s defenses were able to adapt to his strengths, while exploiting his weaknesses. As a result, his production dropped off from year-to-year and eventually led to him getting bench in favor of Blaine Gabert.
It’ll be interesting to see if Kaepernick gets interest from Baltimore now that starting quarterback Joe Flacco will Miss up to six weeks with a back injury.