The Carolina Panthers had a need in their secondary, so they chose to sign former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid. As most know, the signing means more than just a team filling a need. Reid was one player who kneeled with quarterback Colin Kaepernick previously and was seemingly unable to find a job to this point.
But with the Panthers opting to make the move and add a player who didn’t receive a look for other NFL franchises, could it open the door for Kaepernick’s return to the NFL?
That may actually depend on how the reaction to Carolina’s decision on Reid plays out. In an interesting point from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the need at quarterback for many teams, paired with positive, or at least neutral reaction to Reid, could bode well for Kaepernick.
It’s a fair question, since it’s possible that Carolina’s decision to proceed — and the public reaction to it — could give a team that needs help at the quarterback position confidence that, if Kaepernick is signed, the fans won’t rush for the exits, the sponsors won’t abandon the team en masse, and the TV ratings won’t plummet.
There’s no question that Kaepernick is a better quarterback than many backups across the league, even more than a year removed from his last NFL action.
The Case For Colin Kaepernick
The hot-button topic after 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending knee injury, was whether or not the team would consider Kaepernick. Unfortunately, San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier this week there had been no discussion about potentially bringing the signal-caller back.
As Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area revealed, Shanahan did state the 49ers had discussed it last year and that Kaepernick wasn’t the right style of quarterback.
Source: Heavy Sports