We know Colin Kaepernick would be on the Chargers’ workout list should they decide they want or need to sign another quarterback at some point in 2020. And Los Angeles might not be alone with its interest in the 32-year-old free agent.
According to NFL.com’s Michael Silver, “there is some legitimate interest from at least a couple of teams.” Silver added that he has spoken with one NFL head coach “who is absolutely interested.”
Silver also mentioned medical testing as a complicating factor when it comes to signing Kaepernick because current league rules amid the coronavirus pandemic prohibit such private workouts.
“We’re looking at a holding pattern creeping up toward the start of training camp,” he said.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said during a video media conference with reporters last week that his team has not yet reached out to Kaepernick, but “it would be crazy” not to have Kaepernick on the Chargers’ workout list should they decide they need to sign a quarterback.
“I haven’t spoken with Colin, not sure where he’s at as far in his career, what he wants to do, but Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we’re going to be running,” Lynn said. “I’m very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, which he began by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem of games in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. His formal claim of collusion against the NFL was settled last year.
Amid a global movement against racial injustice that has prompted multiple statements from Goodell and a handful of NFL teams, many have been pushing the NFL to get Kaepernick back into the league. Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins even suggested the league should assign Kaepernick to a team.
Said Goodell on ESPN: “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision, but I welcome that (and) support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.”
SN’s Vinnie Iyer has listed the Ravens, Chargers, Texans, Titans, Chiefs and Panthers as the six best fits for Kaepernick in 2020 should he return to the league.