Colin Kaepernick has not taken an NFL snap in over two years, yet he is still making headlines around the league.
Kaepernick recently ended a court battle with the NFL trying to prove that the league colluded against him to keep him out of the league due to his political stance and settled for an undisclosed amount of money. He also flirted with the idea of playing for the new professional football league, the Alliance of American Football. That quickly came to an end because Kaepernick said he would only sign for a team that offered him a $20 million contract as reported by Barry Wilner of the Associated Press, which is outrageous for the AAF.
Kaepernick has stayed consistent in his holdout while in search of a contract he feels he deserves. Back in 2016, the 49ers had offered Kaepernick an extension on his contract which he declined because he felt he was worth more than what was offered.
Most recently, Kaepernick made headlines again in the past few days because his lawyer has come out and said that the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers have shown interest in signing Colin Kaepernick during an interview with CNN. The Panthers showing interest isn’t much of a surprise seeing that they signed safety Eric Reid last year, who also found himself grabbing headlines for things other than his play the past few years.
But the Patriots? That just doesn’t make much sense to me.
For one thing, Tom Brady will be playing at least another year. At 31-years-old, Kaepernick would at the very least be sitting on the bench for one more year, and wouldn’t get an opportunity to play until he was 33. New England is looking for Brady’s successor and would probably prefer a quarterback who has had more time on the field in the last couple of years than Kaepernick. He is also holding out for a big contract and New England does not pay market price for free agents, especially if they will not be starting right away.
Another reason I don’t think Kaepernick would be a good fit for the Patriots is that they don’t have players who stir up controversy. Everybody has heard of the “Patriot Way” and how that has helped New England sustain its success over the past two decades, but the Patriot Way goes beyond how the players perform on Sundays; it is a formula of how people in that organization conduct themselves professionally and remain focused on making another Super Bowl run.
I do not think Colin Kaepernick is in the Patriots’ plan for the future.
I believe Kaepernick has the ability to play quarterback in the NFL, but his terms have made it difficult for teams to take a chance on him. He has been away from the game since 2016 and is not getting any younger. I believe if he truly wants to play again, he will have to end his hold out for a big time contract and work his way back to earning a top tier quarterback contract.
Kaepernick’s uncertain future in the NFL will be decided by who folds first; him or the general managers around the league.