Colin Kaepernick has been on the market for a few years now, and he’s very much available for the Patriots to snag as their backup quarterback, should they desire to do so. He’s more than capable of performing well in the job; lots of quarterbacks have been very good at standing on the sidelines and taking orders from Tom Brady over the years.
However, it just doesn’t seem like a move Bill Belichick would be interested in making, and not because he cares one way or another about Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.
We all know Belichick always does what’s in the best interest of the team, and if he believed signing Kaepernick would contribute to the team winning football games, he would do it in a heartbeat.
But that’s just the thing; there’s nothing Kaepernick can really do for this team. Nobody is going to start over Brady, and even if Kaepernick were to play … well, he started 11 games for the 49ers in 2016 and went 1-10. He hasn’t had a winning season since he went 12-4 in 2013, the last season before his quarterback play took a dramatic freefall.
After that, San Francisco went just 11-24 in games started by Kaepernick.
Having Kaepernick as Brady’s backup wouldn’t be much different than Brian Hoyer, except for the media circus that would come with him due to all of his controversy. Hardly seems worth it for a guy who became ridiculously good at losing during his last few seasons in the Bay Area.
If Kaepernick was still the quarterback that he was in 2012, when he led the Niners to a Super Bowl appearance, I believe a team would’ve signed him a long time ago. But he’s not that quarterback anymore, and bringing a media circus to New England for a player who has long lost his touch just doesn’t seem like something Belichick would be interested in. He took a chance on Tim Tebow a few years ago, and even that was a tad surprising.
I could be wrong. Maybe Belichick is up for the challenge. But we all know he isn’t a fan of the media, and signing Kaepernick would bring one heck of a media storm to Foxboro when training camp rolls around. If I’m Belichick, I’ve got better things to worry about.
It’s much easier to just have Hoyer backing up Brady. The media certainly won’t swarm Gillette Stadium over him.