Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is yet to find a new home since deciding to opt out of his contract with the San Franciso 49ers. According to the latest NFL rumor, coach Hue Jackson may consider adding Kaepernick to the Cleveland Browns as their starting QB.
Since the offseason started, it has been a big question on why Colin Kaepernick is having a hard time finding a new team. It has been more than a month since he became an unrestricted free agent and no NFL team is brave enough to bring him onto their team. Some people believe that Kaepernick’s national anthem stance contributed to his inability to find a new team.
Why aren’t NFL teams interested in signing Colin Kaepernick?
Last month, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, an AFC general manager revealed that an NFL team feared a backlash from fans and US President Donald Trump’s supporters if they sign Kaepernick. Trump openly disagreed with Kaepernick’s protest but he denied Freeman’s report about him and the QB. Meanwhile, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes Kaepernick is being “blackballed”.
“I’m sure he is,” Sherman said, via ESPN’s First Take, when asked if Kap was being blackballed. “It’s difficult to see because he’s played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it’s difficult to understand. Obviously, he’s going to be in a backup role at this point. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year. So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before.”
Another reason why he remains unsigned is because NFL teams might find it hard to see how Kaepernick will fit on their team. When Kaepernick left the 49ers, he’s undeniably expecting a starting role in his new NFL team. However, as of now, Kaepernick is only suited as a team’s backup QB.
Colin Kaepernick to the Cleveland Browns
Simon Ogus of Forbes believes that Colin Kaepernick will be a good fit with the Cleveland Browns in a variety of ways. As of now, the Browns have three quarterbacks, including Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler, and Brock Osweiler. Kaepernick is undeniably a better quarterback that those three that the Browns currently have.
Ogus also revealed that Browns head coach Hue Jackson is a huge fan of Kaepernick. Way back in 2013, Jackson revealed his dream of drafting Kaepernick. Aside from being an immediate starter, Kaepernick could mentor the Browns’ young quarterbacks.
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