Colin Kaepernick, overlooked, ignored and otherwise unwanted by NFL teams in need of a quarterback, still wants to play nonetheless, Pro Football Talk reported Sunday night, in the wake of Redskins QB Alex Smith’s season-ending broken leg.
Despite reports to the contrary about Kaepernick’s interest in returning to the league, he continues to work out with hopes of getting a call.
Per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:
For those people familiar with Kaepernick who aren’t sure he wants to play, know this: He does.
According to a source with direct knowledge of Kaepernick’s mindset and ongoing physical activities and preparation, Kaepernick wants to play. He continues to work out five hours per day, six days per week for one reason and one reason alone. He wants to play.
The Redskins — 6-4 and in first place in the NFC East — reportedly will look at Mark Sanchez, EJ Manuel or T.J. Yates as a potential backup to Colt McCoy following Smith’s gruesome injury Sunday.
None are as accomplished as Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, even the veteran Sanchez, noted Yahoo Sports:
In 2016 – his final year in San Francisco – Kaepernick tallied a 90.7 quarterback rating while throwing 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. … He averaged 6.8 yards per rush while tallying 468 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
This is the same quarterback who was a play away from winning a Super Bowl and has an 88.9 career quarterback rating and a better than 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio for his career. … By comparison, Sanchez has a career rating of 73.9 while throwing as many interceptions (86) as he has touchdowns.
There had been some speculation that when the Panthers signed Eric Reid, who like Kaepernick had appeared to be shunned after kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice, a team might be open to signing Kaepernick.
Yet team after team has looked elsewhere or gone with quarterbacks who haven’t panned out (two words: Nathan Peterman).
The Redskins need to make a decision quickly. They face the 5-5 Cowboys on Thursday.