Wilcots: Jackson Could Shape How Teams Use Kaepernick

With mobile quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson succeeding in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick could be back in the league sooner rather than later

The DA Show
November 13, 2019 - 12:11 pm
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The NFL is hosting a private workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta on Saturday, as all 32 teams were invited to attend. 

Even if Kaepernick has a good workout, though, will there be teams genuinely interested in signing him?

“I think there will,” PFF analyst Solomon Wilcots said on The DA Show. “I think enough time has passed since his last season in 2016. Politically, we had people fanning the flames to unite against him and sort of distorted that whole message. I think it really brought caution to some of the minds of general managers and owners saying that we’re going to have protestors if we sign this guy. I think enough time has passed to where I think there might be one or two teams who would seriously consider signing Colin if he looks good in this workout, if he throws the ball with accuracy. And we know he can move.”

Kaepernick, of course, became a lightning rod in 2016. He began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, but many fans found the protest unpatriotic. In 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league, accusing owners of collusion. In February, he received a private settlement for an undisclosed sum.

“I know people are saying this might be a farce in terms of what the league is doing,” Wilcots said of the private workout. “I understand corporate governance. Yes, they’ve already given a settlement to Colin Kaepernick. I’m not saying that’s an admission of guilt, but it certainly isn’t an admission of innocence. At the end of the day, for them to provide this platform, whether they mean it to be real or not, I think teams are going to be there doing their own business. And if he performs well, I think he could find his way back into the NFL.”

Especially given the number of mobile quarterbacks starting – and succeeding – in the league.

“What Lamar Jackson is doing now in the league, I think also is helping people to shape potentially how he might even be used in that offense and how he can win games,” Wilcots said. “You look at teams across the landscape in the NFL right now. You’re telling me teams like the Dolphins or teams like the Cincinnati Bengals or teams like the Redskins couldn’t use a Colin Kaepernick right now? Of course they could. I think there will be teams interested.”