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Colin Kaepernick to New England?

With so much going on around the NFL and with the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Colin Kaepernick’s name continues to resurface around the NFL. If we recall, Roger Goodell had said back in December that the NFL had “moved on” from Colin. However with so much has been happening lately, Roger sounded a little differently during an ESPN interview yesterday.

So the main question now becomes, will we see Colin in a Patriots uniform?

Why it could happen!

Personally, I can definitely see Colin becoming a patriot and being highly successful in a Belichick system. We all know that Bill is an artist of making things work and especially when all else is against him.

Let’s not forget the amount of talent Colin possesses.

During his time in the NFL, Colin was a rising star in the 49ers. Colin got his first start in the middle of the 2012-2013 season. The dude was lights out. He brought the 49ers to a playoff run that pretty much almost won them the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Kaepernick, he met an unforgiving and amazing Baltimore Ravens in 2013 which ended that amazing playoff run.

While his performance certainly declined as the 49ers moved away from some key components, Colin in his 3 years in the league still managed to put up some very interesting numbers. Colin played 69 games in the league, threw for 72 TD’s and 12,271 yards, for a completion rating of 60%, even when the 49ers barely had some resources in the 2016 season.

So, could I see Bill Belichick bringing Colin to the patriots? Absolutely! I’ll tell you why…

First of, Bill has nothing to lose bringing Colin to the patriots. The 2020-2021 season is going to be a rebuilding season for the patriots and should he bring Colin to the patriots he would be adding experience as well as leadership to the team. In fact, Bill would be making a much wiser move rather than considering someone like Cam Newton. A QB run between Stidham, Hoyer and Kaepernick would be very solid for Bill this season.

Secondly, Colin can run! If you remember in 2013, if Colin couldn’t find a target, Colin was finding himself a first down in many ocassions!

However, I am not the only one to support the idea of bringing Colin to New England. In an interview with WEEI Boston, Rob Ninkovich shared his thoughts on the idea and in fact doesn’t see him as a distraction, unlike Antonio Brown who was a massive distraction in New England, bringing his season to an end very quickly.

Why it wouldn’t happen!

While I would love to see Colin in New England and add to our QB selection, I think there are a few things that could stop that move.

Firstly, the concern regarding cap space for the Patriots is one that is very realistic. Should Colin desire a big pay-day, New England would not be able to afford it at the time being. This would leave us with no choice but to move on from him.

Secondly, Bill and company would need to scramble to make things happen and Bill is not one of those guys that likes to rush into things.

Lastly, what if there is no NFL season this year due to COVID-19? As it is, Ezekiel Elliot has already tested positive for the virus, as well as some other players around the league.

In Conclusion…

I would love to see Colin in a Patriots uniform. As much respect and a fan of his that I am, it’s all up in the air. It’s essentially up to Bill, Robert Kraft and the league to open its doors to Colin Kaepernick should he even decide to come back after so many attempts.

While Roger has tried really hard to clean up the record in the NFL regarding racism in the league and its stance against social injustice, the damage against Colin’s career has been done and its been 4 years since Colin was released from the NFL.

~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ)

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