Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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Ever since it was announced that QB Colin Kaepernick would be leaving the San Francisco 49ers, people have been speculating about his fate. Obviously he would get signed in free agency, right? He’s the best QB option available, isn’t he? Then, March 9, the official start of NFL free agency, passed. Then the rest of March…April…May…June…and now July has almost concluded and Kaep has still yet to find a new football home. I read an article today about the Baltimore Ravens needing another QB option with Joe Flacco sustaining a back injury that is projected to keep him out for at least three weeks. Of course, Kaep’s name came up because Ravens HC John Harbaugh knows about Kaep from his brother, Jim Harbaugh, having coached Kaep in San Fran. Oh, and they played against each other in a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

I decided, what the heck, I’ll project what will happen with Kaep, too. So here are a few spots I think he might end up:

7. Denver Broncos– I HIGHLY doubt GM John Elway would sign a guy with Kaep’s antics. And the salary cap probably isn’t conducive to a Kaep signing in Denver. And Elway seems to see something in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that the rest of the world doesn’t see. But I don’t see what Elway sees so screw it, I’m putting Denver in here anyway.

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

6. Las Vegas Raiders– I know that they are still the Oakland Raiders for the next couple of seasons but I put Las Vegas there for a very specific reason: Kaep played his college ball in Nevada, and he was good (good enough to beat what was probably the best Boise State football team to ever take the field in 2010). Even though he would only be a backup to Derek Carr, I’m sure the Raiders could bring in some extra revenue by having the local boy ride the bench and play in preseason.

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Only after I retire, Colin.

5. Arizona Cardinals– If there is one thing that we all learned from the Cards’ 2016-17 season, it’s that Carson Palmer is not getting any younger. Granted, part of the reason he looked so bad last year was because he looked so good in the 2015-16 season. Regardless, he is 37 years old and I don’t think he is on the Tom Brady diet and workout routine that will allow him to play well into his 40s. Also, Bruce Arians is known as a QB whisperer (see Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and…well…Carson Palmer). What’s wrong with this possibility? Blaine Gabbert is listed as the 3rd QB on the Cards depth chart and there were several times where he looked better than Kaep in San Francisco. So this one probably isn’t very likely. But it would be fun to see Kaep playing for (theoretically) a contender again.

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

4. New York Jets– Nothing can save the 2017-18 New York Jets. NOTHING. If this team wins more than 2 games, with or without Kaep, I would be SHOCKED. That said, Kaep could be the interesting, controversial player that the Jets need to get any sort of fans to show up to view their train wreck in person.

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Chad, I think you’ve got my jersey there.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars– I honestly feel as though this scenario hasn’t been talked about at all even though it’s a pretty interesting scenario. Maybe it’s because the Jags have been dumping so much money into their defense that they likely don’t have enough for Kaep. But follow me for a second: Let’s say the Jags decide to finally give up on “franchise QB” Blake Bortles. Kaep would join an offense with 2017 first-round pick RB Leonard Fournette, promising young WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, and a solid o-line with 2017 second-round pick Cam Robinon, up-and-comer AJ Cann, veteran Branden Albert, and the highest-paid C in NFL history, Brandon Linder. That, plus the part about the money that the Jags have been pouring into their defense would make for an easy job for Kaep. But, then, that job is supposed to be easy for Bortles, too. He makes it look IMMENSELY difficult.

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Calm down, Colin. I’ll only be out for a few weeks.

2. Baltimore Ravens– (see the first paragraph of this article) He’d mostly be a temp in this scenario.

1. Retirement– Let’s be honest, this is far and away the most realistic scenario on this list. The league has turned his back on him because of his controversial pregame national anthem antics. The National Football League prides itself on being patriotic (hence the annual “Salute to Service” week), and Kaep certainly isn’t. The anti-Kaep sentiment doesn’t just run amongst NFL front offices, either. Fans of teams who have been working out Kaepernick have been protesting against his signing, including his most recently visited team (just a couple days ago), Baltimore.

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Long Time in Review

I’m Back (not) in Black. Sorry it has been so long. I’ve had school finals and now band camp, but I’m ready to go, here is some recap of a REALLY long time. BTW, this will be a LONG post:

1. The New York Giants are resting OBJ during OTAs out of fear about his hamstring issues. Have no fear, I’m confident he will be ready to go at the beginning of the season.

2. The Detroit Lions are bringing in free agent RBs Ben Tate and Daniel Thomas for workouts. Tate spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, then Minnesota Vikings, then Pittsburgh Steelers, and the previous three seasons with the Houston Texans. Daniel Thomas spent the past 4 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and left after being declared lesser than current Dolphins RB Lamar Miller.

3. QB Derek Carr has been cleared for participation in the Oakland Raiders minicamp. Carr is going into his second NFL season this year and suffered a finger injury that may limit his throwing abilities for a little while.

4. The Chicago Bears signed CB Tracy Porter. Porter spent last season with the Washington Redskins, the previous season with the Oakland Raiders, the season prior with the Denver Broncos, and the previous 4 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Porter has NOT been good as of late but made the game-clinching pick-six of QB Peyton Manning in the Saints matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in SB XLIV.

5. The New England Patriots have cut LB Brandon Spikes due to him allegedly rear-ending a car and leaving the scene. He called 911 claiming to have hit a deer. Later, the cops came to the scene and found no deer but did find a rear-ended car with 3 injured people in it, and Brandon Spikes’ car abandoned down the road. He hasn’t been proven guilty but the Pats decided it was enough to cut him. Spikes spent last season with the Buffalo Bills and the previous 4 with the New England Patriots.

6. Miami Dolphins 1st round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, WR DeVante Parker has had foot surgery. The return timetable is not certain and he is scheduled to be QB Ryan Tannehill’s #2 target behind WR Jarvis Landry.

7. Miami Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis injured his leg during a team-organized kickball game. Sturgis hasn’t had a fantastic field goal percentage and this injury could lead to him finding himself out of a job. Who would have thought that the one guy who kicks all of the time is the one who would get injured during a kickball game?

8. The Cleveland Browns traded a 2017 7th round pick for San Francisco 49ers P Andy Lee. I guess the Browns know they can’t move the ball and are trying to make it a long way for their opponents to drive the ball as well.

9. San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis has retired at the age of 25. I don’t know what has happened in San Francisco to cause so many departures this offseason, but I’m guessing that the St Louis Rams will not be at the bottom of the NFC West this year.

10. New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette injured his pectoral muscle. He should be back for the season.

11. The St Louis Rams have released WR Bud Sasser due to a health condition. Sasser was a 6th round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

12. WR Sammy Watkins is staying on the sidelines for the Buffalo Bills OTAs. Watkins is currently rehabbing his hip.

13. TE Jermaine Gresham is visiting the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are attempting to fill the Jimmy Graham void and this will not work if they decide to try it. Gresham was a long-time member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

14. The Oakland Raiders signed WR Trindon Holliday to return kicks. Holliday has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos.

15. The New Orleans Saints have signed DE Cameron Jordan to a 5-year, $60 million extension. Jordan has been a member of the Saints since they drafted him in 2010.

16. The Denver Broncos have signed their 1st round, 23rd overall pick Shane Ray. Ray is a concern due to marijuana possession prior to the draft.

17. QB Cam Newton has signed a 5-year, $103.8 million extension with the Carolina Panthers. Newton has been with the Panthers since they drafted him with the 1st overall pick in 2011.

18. The Arizona Cardinals have signed their 1st round pick, OT D.J. Humphries. He will be getting a 4-year, $8.9 million deal.

19. The Arizona Cardinals have signed DE Frostee Rucker to a 1-year extension.

20. The Atlanta Falcons cut LB Prince Shembo. The cut came following the animal cruelty charge against Shembo. How do the Falcons keep getting the animal abusers? (cough…Vick…cough)

21. OT Ryan Clady has torn his ACL and will be out for the season for the Denver Broncos. This is the second season of the past three that Clady will be out for the majority of the season.

22. OT Jake Long visited the New York Giants following the injury of OT Will Beatty that will keep him sidelined for most of the season. Giants, PLEASE sign Jake Long.

This isn’t all of the news that I’ve missed but I’m tired so this is good enough. Also, I will be releasing my list of the top 200 fantasy football players of 2015 within the next week, so stayed tuned for that. That’s all for TheHaysWay for today, have a pleasant tomorrow.