As countless others in the wake of George Floyd’s Minneapolis kill and a revival of national fervor for racial justice, the NFL changed course from Kaepernick the days as a player, overtly encouraging the kind of peaceful protests, he famously started in 2016 and committing large sums of money to causes he defended.
Former NFL coaches are now pretending they wanted to sign the veteran years. Currents is to take calls on him. Farmers’ room is to identify potential landing spots. Super agent Drew Rosenhaus thinks it is only a matter of time before a Kaepernick team signs for 2020. And Kaepernick himself is apparently “more motivated than ever” to resume his career.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has gotten on board as well, saying he encourages teams to sign Kaepernick and would be happy to welcome him back from the league, while others from NFL executive Troy Vincent echoed these remarks, which suggests that the league wants to come back to him.
The obstacles certainly remain, but now that the NFL is publicly riding the tide of social change, here’s a look at the teams that could make sense of Kaepernick’s potential landing points:
1. Ravens Of Baltimore
There isn’t a team with as many overt connections to Kaepernick as the Ravens. First and foremost: Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator who helped free Kap with the 49ers back in 2012 and is now working wonderfully with Lamar Jackson in the Ravens performing the first attack. Romain said in 2019 that Kaepernick is the “body of work speaks for itself,” and it’s easy to see how it could incorporate a dual threat like Kap, either as a decoy, Jackson’s insurance or the situation. of the QB option. This is already what the Ravens train Robert Griffin III and Trace McSorley to do anyway; Kaepernick just happens to be more and better.
The Ravens passed on Kap before, for a variety of speculated reasons, but they were still reportedly close to signing him, while John Harbaugh was the coach. (Harbaugh, Jim’s brother, of course, coach of the Niners when San Francisco drafted and ultimately named Kap their starter.) Plus, a lot has happened since then, most NFL generals rallying public behind Original Kaepernick courier. The Ravens are already built to fight for a Super Bowl, and they already have their undeniable face of the franchise in QB. They are much better positioned to absorb all the “distractions” Kap could bring with them a proven # 2 experience.
2. Texans From Houston
Like the Ravens, the Texans already have their young, the double threat of the QB franchise, but that is partly what makes them a logic of adjustment. AJ McCarron is a traditional Bill O’Brien pocket to go to # 2 spot, but Houston still has a lot of cap space to play with, and if someone is found to be open to the out-of-the-wall list moves, it’s O’Brien.
More than that, just about every prominent leader on this team from O’Brien Deshaun Watson JJ Watt, has been explicit in their advocacy for social justice – with O’Brien himself following Kap’s footsteps and to kneel during the national anthem this season. O’Brien is said to have previously obtained land from Justin Reid over the signing of his brother, Eric, another player from the original protesters. Why can’t Kaepernick be next, especially considering his head as a backup runner and / or Watson?
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
It feels like a long shot simply because of how the Jaguars seem to intend to cut or avoid distraction (see: Jalen Ramsey, etc.) and make 2020 about Gardner Minshew’s QB of the hearing, but team owner Shad Khan is out of fees strongly expressing his call to arms in the fight against injustice – the nature of the action-not-words of the statement that could be used to welcome the Kap, his civil rights activism and so on. Plus, there wouldn’t be much going down, from a perspective field and entertainment, to let Kaepernick challenge Minshew, or at least waiting in the wings for a used start.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Who better to shepherd Kaepernick on his return to the NFL than Andy Reid, who has never shied away from polarizing QB moves and happens to have a Super Bowl-winning supporting cast? With a Lombardi Trophy under his belt and the NFL’s best young QB in towing in Patrick Mahomes, Reid can afford to mingle in saving the place, where Kap would offer more play-backwards than the Chad Henne. Speaking of Mahomes, No. 15 was very frank about the NFL being more proactive in advancing social justice causes, so it is unlikely that he had put up any opposition to such an approach. Imagine Kaepernick in Reid Heads of Crime, even as a player gadget for a season before re-hitting the market, the potential is hard to miss.
5. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers seem to really put it on to let Tyrod Taylor be the QB placeholder until a first round of choosing Justin Herbert is ready to go, but they’ve also explored Tom Brady, so it’s not like they’re at blindly unaware of their potential as 2020 contenders. The addition of Kaepernick does not prevent them from riding with Taylor and / or Herbert, but rather to insert an alternative to the horizon 2020 and to give Herbert more time to sit and learn after a shortening of the off season. Coach Anthony Lynn would almost certainly be aboard an outfield, passionately praising Kaepernick this offseason.
6. Minnesota Vikings
Like the Jags, they are arguably unlikely contenders simply because of how Mike Zimmer tends to keep a ship tight, but property and the front office are also very serious about reiterating his commitment to social justice, fighting , committing to $ 5 million for various causes and giving voice to player leaders like Eric Kendricks, who supported the protests. From a football perspective, they make incredibly logical adjustment as a race based on the action-heavy offense game without a rock-solid back up for Kirk Cousins. Throw in the connection to the recent Minneapolis tragedy, and there is a reason, former NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart suggested that the Vikings make this possible.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
If the Eagles were concerned about the optics of adding a high-profile backup for Carson Wentz after Nick Foles mandate, they would not have drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round. And although Blesse’s “early picking seems to be taking the mix, they’ve continually justified that the selection by themselves calling it a” factory quarterback, “emphasizing the importance of the No. 2 spot. Jeffrey Lurie’s team owner is known progressive on social justice up front, his Eagles have been a bastion for this kind of work since Malcolm Jenkins was involved in the foundation, and they took polarizing swings from before ( see: Michael Vick). Adding the Cape, even over a year of rental, would give Doug Pederson a new toy, Pain more time to grow and Wentz a more experienced reserve.
8. Tennessee Titans
The leadership team, including property and QB Ryan Tannehill, have spoken up about new measures in the social justice movement, and, moreover, Mike Vrabel may prefer to have someone other than Logan Woodside than his backup plan under the center. The Titans saw the value of a # 2 veteran in 2019, and Kaepernick seems like the ideal play-save action for their offense, which is running through Derrick Henry anyway. Space cape certainly wouldn’t want to be retention, either.