With the Jets losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the remainder of the season due to a torn achilles tendon, the team was reportedly contacted by the agent of a certain, polarizing free agent. A representative for Colin Kaepernick reportedly contacted the franchise to see if they think his client might look good in green.
According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, Kaepernick said his agent reached out to the team and expressed his interest in returning to the league with New York. However, there have been no follow-up reports on if the team is interested, or if any further communication has taken place.
Although Kaepernick hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since 2016, the Jets could take a flyer on him. Nut it’s not likely. They are already in upheaval with the disastrous turn of events involving Rodgers – who tore his Achilles Tendon just four plays into his first season with the Jets. That leaves, Zach Wilson, a former number-one draft pick and once-franchise quarterback, to captain the ship.
Although Wilson had fallen out of favor in The Big Apple, he was still considered a potential option down the road. But not necessarily this year, which is where Kap comes in. At least, that’s what he and his agent think.
Kaepernick was out of the NFL not long after he protested alleged police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He spent his entire six-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to Super Bowl XLVII. Although he played well, throwing for 302 yards and a touchdown, the Niners fell to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.
So to some? It might make sense in some alternate, fairy tale universe. The reality however is that no player – even one of Colin Kaepernick’s incredible ability – has ever left the League for seven years and returned in a successful manner. It’s almost physiologically impossible to retrain your mind and body for live, game-action when someone has that much rust on them. And that’s not just the opinion of NFL scouts. It’s the rare combination of both a scientific and ‘common sense’ fact.
The scenario would be difficult in any case, coming into a new system and a new team with the season already underway. Add in the extra baggage and controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s exit and exile from the NFL (which he equated to chattel slavery) all being played out in the world’s media capital? And the Jets would probably rather take their chances with Zach Wilson, rather than open up a huge can of worms by signing The Kneeler.