Tom Sorensen

Colin Kaepernick would be a reasonable backup for any NFL team, including Panthers

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will make a fine backup quarterback in the NFL as soon as he gets his head around that concept – and someone else gets injured.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will make a fine backup quarterback in the NFL as soon as he gets his head around that concept – and someone else gets injured. AP

Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed, and might be until a team loses its starter (or top backup) in training camp or early in the season. At that juncture, a team might be desperate enough to hire Kaepernick, and Kaepernick might be desperate enough to sign as a reserve.

Kaepernick wants a chance to compete for a starting job. He’s a veteran. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton turned 28 this month. Kaepernick turns 30 in November.

If Kaepernick is willing to hold a clipboard on Sunday afternoons, he’d be a reasonable hire for any team with a starter who can move, including the Panthers.

Because Kaepernick stood up for his rights by taking a knee during the national anthem last season, there are teams that would sign Jimmy Clausen before they’d sign Kaepernick.

I don’t see it. Kaepernick took the knee to protest racial equality, or the lack thereof. That’s why I say some teams would sign him only if they were desperate. But why fault a man for kneeling for his convictions? He knew fans would turn on him.

Kaepernick says he will stand for the anthem this season.

I don’t know if he’ll be signed before the season begins. But I’ll be surprised if he isn’t signed before it ends.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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