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WWJD #21: Teams That Should Sign Colin Kaepernick

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, the revolution is here“- Common


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Rapper, actor, and activist Common said this line on his song “The 6th Sense” on his album “Like Water For Chocolate.” He took the title of the Gil Scott-Heron poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and used it as an intro to the song. Today, we are living in a modern-day revolution, and with it, change is in the air.

The NFL, the NFL’s owners, general managers, head coaches, and the league commissioner Roger Goodell have never answered the question publicly; Why isn’t Colin Kaepernick signed to a team?

So, thinking logically, they are saying that there are 32 better BACK-UP quarterbacks then Kaepernick in the NFL? No bruh, you can keep it pushing with that nonsense. I get specific teams that have elite or established quarterbacks in place, not trying to sign him as a starter, but there aren’t 32 quarterbacks in the NFL holding a clipboard that are better than Kaepernick. No way.


Let’s take a look at this


Teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Philadelphia Eagles don’t need a starter. But a few of them could use a back-up.

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Then there are a few teams that are not in a position to sign him for a different reason. The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and Jacksonville Jaguars have drafted young quarterbacks in the last three seasons.

Those organizations want to see if their young guys are the answer to their quarterback issues, or they have already flashed enough on the field to give the team the hope that they are the future.

But he could still help those teams; I don’t doubt that. The issue for those teams in signing Kapernick would be the minute the current quarterback struggles or goes through a tough patch, the crowd and media will be calling for Kaepernick to enter the game.


The perfect type of situation for Kaepernick is one where there is an established quarterback on the roster who is not in a position to have anyone calling for his job


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This situation would also benefit Kaepernick since he could show teams that being on the roster wouldn’t be a distraction or cause any issues dividing the locker room or fan base. While I don’t think signing Kaepernick would be as divisive as it would’ve been months ago, the backlash won’t be as massive, and the team that signs him would be looked upon favorably by the general public.

Another ideal situation for Kaepernick would be a team that has a strong stance and is unapologetic about it. That starts with the team’s leadership. It begins with ownership to the general manager, the head coach, and the face of the franchise. The other players on the team will support the move if it is for the best interest of the team, and if they believe in the team’s leadership.

Could Kaepernick be a starter right now? I think that would be asking a lot since he hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, and in that season, he wasn’t particularly great. I do concede that the 2016 San Francisco 49ers team wasn’t good either. Hence, both of those factors have to be taken into consideration when evaluating if an organization should sign him.


Lastly, whether or not Kaepernick decides to take a knee shouldn’t be an issue, and it never should’ve been


Why Kaepernick was taking a knee got twisted and contorted into something that it never was meant to be. He started it in the preseason, and it drew the ire of those who didn’t know or didn’t want his reasoning to become public.

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, referencing a series of African-American deaths caused by law enforcement that led to the Black Lives Matter movement and adding that he would continue to protest until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”

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If you recall, he initially sat on the bench during the national anthem. But after he reached out to and spoke with former Army Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks long snapper Nate Boyer, he decided to take Boyer’s advice and kneel. Boyer told him that “It shows more respect to former and current U.S. military members while still protesting.

After the September 2016 police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, Kaepernick commented publicly on the shootings saying, “this is a perfect example of what this is about.”

As we have seen in recent days, weeks, and months, things haven’t changed and, to be honest, have gotten decidedly worse. The message was twisted into anti-patriotism. But Kaepernick was trying to bring to light an issue that has been overlooked by those who it didn’t affect.

In today’s world, having Kaepernick back on a platform to help find reform while being able to continue his career would be well served for and by all.


These are the 5 teams I think fit Colin Kaepernick best a potential suitors/


5. Baltimore Ravens: The current NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson, is the unquestioned starter. Jackson is the most electrifying player in the NFL and is only going to get better. Kaepernick’s skill set fits what the Ravens like to do, and his former offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, is there in the same role.

4. Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor and first-round pick Justin Herbert on the roster, but Kaepernick would be the perfect stop-gap between Taylor to Herbert. While the Chargers are the one team that doesn’t fit the mold by not having an established starting quarterback, but they do pose one of the best situations to play sooner rather than later.


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3. Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll brought Kaepernick in for a workout last year but decided to pass on him. With Russell Wilson, one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks is the unquestioned leader, but behind him leaves a lot to be desired. Skill-set wise Kaepernick fits in, and should Wilson go down, Kaepernick would be a natural fit to keep things rocking and rolling.

2. New England Patriots: Bill Bellichick, for the first time in twenty-years, doesn’t have an established quarterback. This would be the ideal place for Kaepernick to play right away, under the greatest coach in NFL history, and for an owner in Robert Kraft, who has been vocal about social issues in the past.

1. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers is still elite, and this year’s first-round pick Jordan Love is the heir apparent. But the Packers don’t have a reliable option at back-up quarterback (sorry, not sorry Tom Boyle) and Love isn’t ready to come in and see significant action should Rodgers go down with an injury. Add in that the Packers, led by Rodgers, have been outspoken when it comes to social injustice in the past and, most recently, with a video that Rodgers wrote. As for on the field, Kaepernick fits what head coach Matt LaFleur likes to do, and, like the Chargers option, could be a nice stop-gap should Rodgers go down and Love isn’t ready to go.


The revolution will not be televised
Will not be televised
Will not be televised
Will not be televised
The revolution will be no re-run, brothers
The revolution will be live

-Gil Scott-Heron




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