Colin Kaepernick rumors: Chiefs called “perfect team” for 49ers quarterback
By Matt Conner
Colin Kaepernick has become a polarizing figure in the NFL and he’s had a hard time finding traction as a free agent, but KC has been called the “perfect team.”
Will Colin Kaepernick find a home for next season? In a quarterback-needy era like the modern NFL one, it’s hard to imagine that Kaepernick might not find a place to land given the dearth of talent and the fact that he has proven himself, talent-wise, to be much more capable than most back-ups and even some starters around the league. That said, given his polarizing political or cultural views at times, many teams do not want to touch him.
However, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes there’s one NFL team best prepared to deal with the controversy and enjoy Kaepernick’s on-field talents more than any other: the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, Mehta calls the Chiefs the “perfect” team to sign Kaep. He writes:
"Although it’s possible, if not probable, that the Chiefs address their quarterback concerns in the upcoming draft, Kaepernick would be a quality option if the powers that be in Kansas City ultimately don’t select a signal caller with a premium draft pick."
Specifically, he cites head coach Andy Reid’s ability to deal with some polarizing players in the past as evidence he could continue to do so today. As fiery as the debates around Kaepernick can be, they are nowhere close to the level of furor over Michael Vick’s return to the league. Reid handled that with grace and Vick was able to find his way back to the field and into the arms of (some) fans. The Eagles played football and that, in the end, is what matters.
The Chiefs could certainly use some help at quarterback, even after the draft, given that there’s nothing proven beyond Alex Smith. The team has admitted that their preference was to actually keep Nick Foles around as the team’s back-up quarterback, which means they might be in the market for a veteran free agent to hold things over until Tyler Bray or another rookie is ready. Kaepernick could come cheaply and on a prove-it deal to re-enter the market when the dust has settled a bit more.