Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has reportedly reached out to the NY Jets. Here are all the details and what it could mean.
On Thursday afternoon the sports world went viral over a false report from a fake SportsCenter account that reported the NY Jets had signed free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a one-year deal for $9 million.
While that report was completely made up, ironically enough per TMZ Sports, Kaepernick and his team have reportedly reached out to the green and white.
Colin believes he would be a “great fit” with the organization but it’s unclear if the feeling is mutual between him and the NY Jets.
Obviously Gang Green has their franchise quarterback of the present and future in Sam Darnold, but the depth behind him is highly questionable, to say the least.
So far the only quarterbacks signed to the roster at this point are Mike White, David Fales (who the team re-signed during the free agency period), and the aforementioned Darnold.
Since Sam has missed a total of six games through the first two years of his career due to a myriad of injuries and weird diseases, it’s paramount for the NY Jets to add a quality backup quarterback to the roster.
Kaepernick hasn’t played an NFL snap in over four years since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers back in 2016.
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Although a few months ago, Colin hosted his own “Pro Day” workout to show NFL teams he still has plenty of talent and gas in the tank.
The NY Jets were one of 11 teams in attendance for that workout including the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, NY Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Washington Redskins, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
While it’s unusual for a player to be out of the league for multiple years and then make a comeback, it’s not a completely foreign concept.
For example this offseason the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a one-year deal with former All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith who has been out of the league for the last five years. If Smith can make an epic comeback, why can’t Kaepernick?