Tom Sorensen

Has Colin Kaepernick’s job search reached point of desperation yet?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t reached the point of panic yet, but it’s coming.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t reached the point of panic yet, but it’s coming. AP

Interesting that the Seattle Seahawks chose not to sign former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after bringing him in for an interview.

Maybe he wanted more money than the Seahawks had allocated for a backup. Maybe they worried that Russell Wilson was so insecure that if he started poorly he’d believe that Kaepernick was there to replace him.

I’ve spent a little time around Wilson when he played quarterback for N.C. State and since he became a Seahawk. Insecure is not a term I would apply.

We know that Kaepernick angered thousands of fans when he took a pre-game knee last season during the national anthem. Whether you’re angry or not, you will acknowledge that Kaepernick had the right to protest. Conversely, you will acknowledge that teams have the right not to sign him.

We’ve seen what he can do, and we’ve seen what he can’t do. Here’s one thing he can do. After running 4 yards for a touchdown in San Francisco’s 2014 playoff victory against the Panthers, he did Cam Newton’s Superman celebration.

If you’re ranking quarterbacks, Kaepernick, 29, would be one of the league’s best reserves and one of its lesser starters.

Any team that hires him now will hear from angry fans who claim the team is unpatriotic.

But watch In training camp or at the start of the season, a starting quarterback or his primary backup will be injured. By then, image will matter less and results will matter more.

Unless Kaepernick insists on big-time starting quarterback money, somebody will be desperate enough to sign him.

And if Kaepernick has nothing else going, he’ll be desperate enough to sign.

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

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