Colin Kaepernick had an impressive showing at halftime of the University of Michigan’s spring game on Saturday. Kaepernick showed he still has excellent arm strength (and why shouldn’t he?; he’s only 34 years old) and threw crisp passes and ended with one long throw at the end that was perfectly placed.
Yes, Colin Kaepernick wasn’t being defended while throwing but this was basically like a pro day that college quarterbacks entering the draft do. Those quarterbacks aren’t defended either.
But something that Kaepernick said was almost as impressive. When speaking with Jeanna Trotman of Detroit TV station WXYZ after his halftime workout, Kaepernick said, “I know right now the situation likely won’t allow me to come in and step into a starting role. I know I’ll be able to work my way to that though and show that (he is worthy of being a starter) very quickly.”
Seahawks should sign Colin Kaepernick to see if he can become the starter at QB
This means Kaepernick doesn’t necessarily think he will come into an NFL locker room thinking he will immediately be the starter. Previously, some teams and fans might have been hesitant to sign Kaepernick because they assumed he would want close to starter money. That doesn’t seem to be the case.
It also says a lot to me that while Kaepernick has basically been blackballed from being in the league since 2016, his former coach with the 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, wanted Kaepernick to be a central part of the spring game of the college team Harbaugh coaches. Harbaugh knew Kaepernick in the locker room. Owners who are refusing the give Kaepernick a chance either don’t know Kaepernick or know him from the comforts of their owner’s boxes high up in stadiums.
Can Colin Kaepernick be a starter in the NFL? Who knows? But he is certainly worthy of being given a chance to be on a team.
He’s said he would expect to come in as a backup. The Seahawks need to find a starting quarterback. Signing Colin Kaepernick isn’t saying Kaepernick will be the starter. Kaepernick still has to prove in training camp and preseason games that he is worthy of being on a team. But what is the harm in at least letting him try to be a Seahawk?