As the Browns find themselves in need of a veteran quarterback following Deshaun Watson’s season-ending surgery, talks about seasoned quarterbacks entering the mix are gaining traction. Currently, the names of Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are being tossed around in connection with the Browns. Now, there’s one more quarterback to consider for the list.
Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the 49ers who has been out of the league since the 2016 season, is not immune to these rumors about his potential return. While there is no current indication of Kaepernick making an NFL comeback, Ben Axelrod of The Comeback has mentioned him as a conceivable option for the Browns.
Following the official loss of starting quarterback Deshaun Watson to a season-ending shoulder injury, the Browns are currently expected to start rookie signal-caller Dorian Thompson-Robinson. If the front office is considering a veteran quarterback with a comparable skillset, Kaepernick could be a sensible choice.
Axelrod, in his commentary via The Comeback, remarked:
While he hasn’t played organized football since the 2016 season, that hasn’t stopped Colin Kaepernick from being linked to NFL openings. As recently as September, he made his case to the Jets following Rodgers’ injury, but ultimately remained un-signed.
At 36-years-old and nearly seven years removed from his last NFL game, it’s fair to wonder how capable of a quarterback Kaepernick currently is. But if he’s anything like he was the last time we saw him on the field, he’d make for an intriguing fit as Watson’s replacement in Cleveland
During Kaepernick’s last NFL season, he recorded 2,241 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions.
While the Browns’ decision to give Kaepernick an opportunity remains uncertain, the odds, similar to the trend across the league in the past seven years, do not appear particularly favorable.