Colin Kaepernick might have an eventual opening in the AFC West.
For years, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been out of a job in the NFL, but the path back to being able to resurrect his professional playing career might be appearing before him as minds around the league are opening up to his potential return.
Anthony Lynn, head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, made it clear in a recent interview that he believes Kaepernick could be a nice fit for the team’s offense and said every team should explore the idea. “A talent of that caliber that’s available … I would think most teams would explore that.” He went on to clarify his remarks:
“I haven’t spoken with Colin, not sure where he’s at as far as in his career, what he wants to do,” Lynn said. “But Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we’re going to be running.
The Chargers aren’t the only team open to signing him. The Las Vegas Raiders have apparently had a green light to pursue Kaepernick for quite some time. According to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, owner Mark Davis has been open to the idea for the entirety of Kaepernick’s time away from the league.
“Since 2017, when he became a free agent, I’ve told the coaches and general managers that if they want to hire Colin Kaepernick, they have my blessing,” Davis said.
At this point, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until Kaepernick is officially welcomed back to the National Football League after his release from the San Francisco 49ers. Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks has already said he regrets not signing Kaepernick in the past. Commissioner Roger Goodell has gone on record saying he welcomes Kaepernick’s return and encourages a team to sign him. Even President Donald Trump recently said that Kaepernick should come back to the league if his ability warrants it.
After a long season in which it appeared all bridges back to the NFL were officially burned, Kaepernick could find himself suiting up for an NFL franchise soon enough. If so, he might be facing the Kansas City Chiefs twice each year in the AFC West.