Let's talk about Colin Kaepernick.
A couple of days ago, the NFL came out of nowhere to schedule a "Pro Day" workout for Colin Kaepernick for teams to attend.
To put it bluntly, it's an ambush move. Why?
First, a representative from the league called a select group of reporters last week and suggested they should be available on the following Tuesday for a worthwhile news development. The NFL wouldn’t say what it would be. Just that the reporters should be ready to share some breaking news. When the day arrived, the NFL called Kaepernick’s representatives for the first time in more than a year, instructing them that the league was willing to hold a private pro-day style workout for Kaepernick in Atlanta in four days. If he accepted, a memo would be sent to every NFL team inviting them to attend.
The league wouldn’t answer why it was suddenly making the offer. It wouldn’t say who came up with the idea. It wouldn’t say who would attend. And it wouldn’t say why the workout was roughly 96 hours away and on a Saturday when most NFL teams were preparing for a game.
But the NFL would say this: After nearly three years of waiting for this offer, Kaepernick had two hours to accept it.
Kaepernick, of course, has basically no choice but to jump on this opportunity, even though there will almost certainly be nobody of consequence from NFL teams attending the workout.
As of last night, Kaepernick had still not received a script of throws, or who he would be throwing to. Even the most inconsequential college prospect QB knows ahead of time what he's going to be asked to do.
From top to bottom, this is a bullsh*t side show, meant to give the league the ability to say, "we gave him a workout, nobody wanted him" and bury the issue once and for all.
F**k the NFL.
But what if, despite the deck stacked against him, Kaepernick shows up and throws well, and by some luck has a good interview with a team's mid-tier personnel guy that actually has the pull to make something happen?
Kaepernick may not be a top 32 quarterback, but if he's anything like he was the last time he played healthy, he absolutely is a top 80 quarterback. So what active rosters could Kaepernick legitimately be an option for?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - If there's any team with a QB2 that Kaepernick would upgrade, it's the Buccaneers. Thanks to Blaine Gabbert going on IR, the team's QB2 is Ryan Griffin. Nobody in that QB room is guaranteed to be there next year, so bringing in someone like Kaepernick for a trial over the second half of the season makes sense. If the team moves on from Winston and looks to a QB in the draft, Kaepernick could be prepared to be the bridge QB for the rookie, and sit behind him as his QB2 once the rookie takes over.
Cincinnati Bengals - They've benched Dalton, who is going to be gone come the offseason. They're currently starting Ryan Finley, and they're carrying a UDFA as a 3rd quarterback. Kaepernick would certainly upgrade over the UDFA, and just like with the Tampa Bay scenario, he could potentially be a bridge QB and veteran backup for a top draft pick next season.
Denver Broncos - He's 6'4" and the two active QBs on the roster are not. And those two QBs have a combined NFL experience of 1 game.
Houston Texans - I'm thinking of how Baltimore has RG3 as their mini-Lamar backup QB. Kaepernick would make a much better mini-Watson than AJ McCarron could.
Detroit Lions - Matt Stafford has a hurt back, and the team is currently starting Jeff Driskel.
Seattle Seahawks - Wilson's backup is Geno Smith.
New York Jets - The team could use a veteran backup behind Sam Darnold, but they're currently down to David Fales.
Dallas Cowboys - I know, this one seems impossible. Bear with me a sec. Jerry has yet to commit the money to Dak Prescott that he wants. Negotiations seem far apart. Jerry has been here before. He was in this same situation in 2012 with Tony Romo. Jones wanted to sign Romo for less than Romo was wanting to take. What did he do? He signed Kyle Orton, a move which was widely interpreted as putting pressure on Romo. As such, Romo and Orton reportedly did not get along at all. Things eventually worked out in Romo's favor, getting the deal he wanted in 2013 and Orton out of town the next offseason. Does Jones like what Kaepernick stands for? Certainly not. Does Jones care more about that than the money Dak is trying to get out of his pocket? That's not quite as clear IMO. Not saying the odds here are great, but I think it's more than the 0% that people would assume otherwise.