It seems as if former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might get his wish to rejoin the NFL, potentially as a member of the Raiders.
For those out there who want to see former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL again after not having played since 2016, the chances of that happening soon took a notable step forward.
And for those who don’t want to see him play again, well, you’re free to continue rooting against him.
At any rate, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday the Las Vegas Raiders were hosting Kap for a workout this week:
Kaepernick, of course, hasn’t played for a team after that forgettable 2016 season for the Niners in which they went 2-14 under one-and-done head coach Chip Kelly, a year Kap nevertheless tossed 16 touchdowns against four interceptions.
Amid all kinds of speculation of blackballing from elsewhere in the league, it appears Kaepernick’s recent prospects for getting back into pro football may be paying off.
Why Raiders make perfect sense for Colin Kaepernick
Let’s put aside whatever opinions you may have on Kaepernick’s controversies and off-field work for social justice (if you can).
The Raiders could use an experienced and potentially competent addition to their quarterback room. For now, their depth chart at the position is as follows:
- Derek Carr
- Nick Mullens
- Jarrett Stidham
- Chase Garbers
San Francisco fans can speak of Mullens and what happened with him following his otherwise somewhat-surprising 2018 campaign that wasn’t half bad. Stidham and Garbers aren’t exactly whirlwind options either, should Carr suffer some sort of significant injury amid a stacked AFC West.
Should that happen, Las Vegas’ hopes for a playoff berth would unquestionably go into the tank, and Kapernick has recently said he’d willingly accept a backup role with the lone hope of trying to make a team better.
Now, there’s still the real chance the Raiders simply work him out and decide it’s not worth the flier.
However, given the state of their backup quarterbacks, there’s certainly a chance of it working out, too.
Interestingly enough, the 49ers and Raiders play each other in Week 17 on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.