Colin Kaepernick remains a quarterback without a team as NFL squads as the NFL’s free agency period winds down.
No team has publicly claimed any interest or scheduled a visit with the free agent quarterback. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback may have to wait until training camp to sign — likely as a backup — with a team, but there are a few teams that need a solid and experienced quarterback.
The New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals are teams that could use a backup and those teams would give Kaepernick a chance at moving into the starting spot through injury or poor performance.
The Jets opted to sign 37-year-old Josh McCown to compete with Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty for the starting spot. Kaepernick is better than all three, but there has been speculation that owner Woody Johnson, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, was put off by Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem as a protest to racial injustice during the 2016 season. Trump has criticized Kaepernick for his stance.
The Cardinals hope that 37-year-old starter Carson Palmer can remain healthy and reach a high level of play after a very disappointing season in 2016. Kaepernick would represent a better backup option than current backup Drew Stanton.
The best option for Kaepernick would be Jacksonville, where starter Blake Bortles is facing a make or break season. Bortles too a major step back in 2016, throwing 23 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions after throwing 35 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions in 2015.
There’s a new regime in Jacksonville and though they picked up the fifth-year option in Bortles contract, they’ve already indicated that Bortles needs to produce in his fourth season in 2017. If he doesn’t perform up to expectations, the backup is journeyman Chad Henne.
— Geoffrey C. Arnold
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