Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Who wants Colin Kaepernick. Better yet, is there a team out there who sees him as a long-term solution at quarterback?
This is a chance the San Francisco 49ers’ signal caller could remain in the Bay area, but because of a new head coach (Kyle Shanahan) and general manager (John Lynch), there could be major changes which mean the former Super Bowl signal caller could be on the way out.
Then there is the chaos created by his refusal to stand for the National Anthem. Now, Kaepernick swears he will stand to honor America. Stay tuned for that one.
If Kaepernick hits the open market, there will be a handful of teams who will take a long look at him. There are the obvious choices and there are those that might make you scratch your head. Here’s a look at five teams that could have Kaepernick on their radar.
Seattle Seahawks – A deal like this would be to become a backup solely in Seattle.
There is no worry whether Russell Wilson’s job is in jeopardy. Kaepernick would be able to collect a check from Seattle for sitting on the bench. It also keeps him in in the NFC West, which means he would play against the 49ers twice a season. It’s an unlikely move, but the Seahawks could use his athleticism if the unthinkable happens.
Denver Broncos – There is the talk of Tony Romo signing with the Broncos if he is released. He could also be traded to Denver for considerations. If that deal falls through, Kaepernick could be “Plan B”.
Denver drafted Paxton Lynch last season and have Troy Siemien to split reps. Romo is a short-term answer like Peyton Manning was. I would not be shocked if a deal like this is made and Denver returned to the Super Bowl.
Cleveland Browns – Any time a quarterback’s name comes up, they are going to be linked to the Browns.
Cleveland might have the most interest in Colin Kaepernick, but is it a good fit? RGIII is still on the roster and the Browns should draft a quarterback with their No. 12 pick.
There is another scenario that might work for them as well. What if the Browns sign Kaepernick and then draft both Myles Garrett with the first pick and then grabbed Dalvin Cook at No. 12? Looks like the Browns would be on the right track.
New Orleans Saints – It’s a longshot, but I have to put the Saints on this list.
Drew Brees won’t be around forever. This could be the last season Sean Payton is on the sidelines. The Saints are in for a huge overhaul at some point in the near future. This could be a sign of the times, should the team not draft a quarterback.
Maybe learning behind Brees does Kaepernick some good. While he would have to improve his image, he can still be a very solid passer and on the carpet in New Orleans, he can still beat teams with his feet.
Washington Redskins – In the “let’s not leave any stone unturned” portion of this story, the Washington Redskins have to be a consideration.
The status of Kirk Cousins is up in the air. While I still believe he remains in Washington and a deal gets worked out, there is still the possibility a new signal caller will open up the season behind center. Colin Kaepernick could move to the east coast and restart his career.
The Redskins could be rebuilding most of its offensive firepower with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson also set to test free agency.