No, not that “Winter Is Here.” It’s the NFL season. And it’s is inching closer and closer.
As fans and franchises become enthralled with everlasting hope that this is their year. Some teams have to realize they don’t have a chance, especially with their starting quarterbacks.
There are open QB competitions littered throughout training camp, and everyone knows that if you have two QBs then you don’t really have one. If only there was a starting caliber passer on the market.
Oh, wait. There is! His name is Colin Kaepernick. The former 49ers QB, who has turned off franchises with his protest of the oppression of people of color, is the best QB on the market, and he can help a team win this year and (probably) in the future.
These are the three squads that should absolutely sign Kap before the start of the regular season.
If you’ve heard the reports this offseason, or if you’ve seen the Jags play in preseason, then you know that Blake Bortles is not the answer.
The former third overall pick, and the King of Garbage Time, has gotten worse and worse every year. He’s a throwing-mechanics nightmare who has admitted that he’s not a natural thrower of the football. It’s red flag after red flag for the Jags’ signal caller.
After his abysmal performance in Week 2 of the preseason, Jags coach Doug Marrone has admitted that Jacksonville’s QB competition is wide open. If you read between the lines, then you know that Bortles is on the outs and journeyman Chad Henne will eventually start. Yikes!
Jacksonville has a playoff-caliber defense and has upgraded their offensive line and running game this offseason. The only piece missing? A starting QB.
Kap would be an ideal fit for the Jaguars and he’d surely help Leonard Fournette’s transition to the NFL.
The Ravens flirted with the idea of signing Kap earlier in the offseason after Joe Flacco injured his back. Yet the team still didn’t sign him because the owner thought it’d be bad for business. You know what’s bad for business? Trotting out Ryan Mallett, arguably the worst backup QB in the NFL, to start games in the preseason.
There’s no guarantee that Flacco will be available for Week 1 of the regular season, and the team is in desperate need of an upgrade at QB.
The Ravens’ coaching staff has realized this, too. John Harbaugh, brother of former 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh, knows that Kap is an ideal fit for the Ravens. He’s even put pressure on ownership to sign him. But nothing has transpired.
The Ravens, like the Jags, have a defense worth of making the playoffs, but the offense will hold them back. Signing Kaepernick as a spot starter, or even as a reserve, would be the smartest move Baltimore could make.
Just don’t ask Ray Lewis.
The Broncos are another team entrenched in a QB battle this offseason. The reports are that the highly touted Paxton Lynch has been a disappointment during training camp. And Trevor Siemian is a solid, yet unspectacular thrower.
The Broncos’ defense might not be as good as it’s been the past few years, especially their Super Bowl-winning defense. But Denver’s window of opportunity is closing quickly. One way to ensure that the window stays ajar ever so slightly is to sign Kap.
Broncos general manager John Elway is clearly interested in Kaepernick. He nearly traded for the dual-threat QB a year ago. Now that Kap’s salary demands are surely lower, he makes a lot of sense in Denver.
Denver is in a highly competitive division, and they could be eyeing last place. Kaepernick would signal an immediate upgrade under center.
It’s looking more and more like Kaepernick might not be on a roster on opening day, and it’s a shame. Someone as talented as him deserves to be at least a backup, if not a starter in this league. Some owner in the Old Boys Club needs know that signing Kaepernick would signal a significant upgrade for their squad.