Former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick currently is one of the more intriguing free agent QB’s at this time. He’s also one of the more controversial free agents due to his lack of preformance over the last 2 years and the fact that he was kneeling during the National Anthem last season. I’m not going to be taking too hard of a look at his protest but it will be talked about, I’m also not going to bash or praise his political views all I’m going to say is that he stood up (or kneeled in this case) which deserves some respect. It also should be made known that the NFL didn’t make players stand for the anthem up until a few years ago. Now I’m going to get back to the main subject.
Kaepernick was one of the leauges most electrifying players from 2012-2014, he managed to get his team to the Super Bowl where they eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens. He managed to look like one of the better Quarterbacks up until he got injured in late 2014. After his injury his performance dipped quite a bit and eventually he was replaced by the horrendous Blaine Gabbert. During the 2016 season Kaepernick managed to get back his spot as a starter after Gabbert played like absolute ass to no one’s suprise, Kaepernick managed to throw for 2,2441 yards with 16 touchdowns and completing just complete 59% of his passes with a 90.7 QBR. His stats seem pretty average but his QBR is the 3rd highest of his career the highest being in 2012 (98.6 QBR). It should aslo be taken into consideration that his team last season wasn’t very good overall with his best receiver being Jeremy Kerley who had 667 yards and he only played 12 games (with a below average team).It should also be noticed that Kap had the second most rushing yards on his team with 428 yards the only player that had more was Carlos Hyde (988 yards).
As far as play goes I wouldn’t consider it a major deterrent because he put up decent stats in 12 games with a offense that was average and a receiving cord that’s arguably worse than the one Carson Wentz has in Philly. The main problem and reason why Kaepernick isn’t signed has to do with his little protest he did last season. Any team that would sign him would have to deal with unnecessary media attention and hate that Kap would attract, that attention would then turn into a distraction because for some reason media outlets will still bring shit up from the past. Some teams like the Jets might not sign him due to their political views but a vast majority of teams would rather not have to deal with the BS that Kap will bring with him.
Now to answer the question of whether he should be on a team I would say yes…as far as play goes. When it comes to his actions on and off the field I would sign him if I really needed a QB, but for most teams they don’t need desperately need a QB and the few that do either have a guy that knows the playbook well enough or they’re in a good enough position to draft one to be a starter. Overall Kap should be on a team especially since guys like EJ Manuel and Geno Smith found their ways onto rosters and the fact that Mike Glennon is essentially getting $15 million from the Bears even though he hasn’t really played since 2014. Basically all I’m trying to say is that he belongs on a team just not in 2017 because of the attention and most teams kind of know who they want their QB’s to be.