XFL’s plan to target NFL quarterbacks who don’t make the cut could help Kaepernick

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As Colin Kaepernick reminds everyone that he’s still interested in playing professional football, and given the permission granted by the Commander-in-Chief to employ him, will anyone hire Kaepernick?

Probably not, but there’s a looming dynamic that could make the NFL’s ongoing cold shoulder to Kaepernick more glaring during the 2019 season.

Three weeks from today, the NFL’s 32 teams will trim all rosters from 90 to 53. As the waiver-wire dust settles, the XFL will try to persuade some of the available players to commit to the resurrected spring league — and to remove themselves from the mix of the never ending in-season roster churn that will happen in the NFL.

At quarterback, that will create a potential problem for the NFL. If teams keep two quarterbacks on the roster, an injury to the starter will create a need for a new backup. And if eight to 16 of the third-string quarterbacks who fail to make an active roster choose to accept jobs with the eight teams of the XFL, they won’t be available to the NFL.

That necessarily will bump Kaepernick’s name up the list of available free agents.

Of course, the quarterbacks who get in-season offers to join the bottom of a depth chart rarely get much more than the minimum salary based on their level of experience. Kaepernick may want more than that.

Then again, no one knows what Kaepernick would actually want because, for more than two years and counting, no one has offered him a contract worth any amount of money.

Given that Kaepernick has spent two full seasons and counting out of football, his path back to the game necessarily will include a willingness to say yes to whatever interest comes his way — and to get the word out now that he’s willing to fly anywhere and everywhere for a visit, a tryout, and if it comes to it a bargain-basement deal aimed at giving him a chance to remind everyone that, yes, he really is good enough.

Is it wrong that it got to this point? Absolutely. Is it, as a practical matter, the only way Kaepernick can re-establish himself? Unfortunately, it is.

30 responses to “XFL’s plan to target NFL quarterbacks who don’t make the cut could help Kaepernick

  1. Or, HE could sign in the XFL if he really loves the game. If his goal is to still try and be a jerk, then he could deploy your strategy.

  2. Please stop shoving kap down everyone’s throats. The guy was slightly below average at best and he sued his employer. If he really wanted to play ball he would have went to the CFL or AAF . He doesn’t want to play, he wants to stay relevant and in the news. Manziel has shown way more interest and effort to get back to the peo game. Yet you guys dont push him down teams throats.

  3. This could be a saving grace or a death nail. If those who support Kap’s stance watch to make a statement, then and only then would it have a chance. While those who strongly disagree with it most likely will not watch. This will be interesting test case…

  4. It is 2019. Why are we still talking about a guy that hasn’t been relevant an an NFL quarterback since 2014?

  5. He’s done and good riddance. Go play in the XFL, I’ll bet Kaepernick will be just as much of a dud there as well.

  6. This guy will still be telling the media 20 years from now he is interested in playing. Why does the media give this guy any attention?

  7. He’ll never play again because:

    1. He is not very good; and
    2. While he could be a back-up, nobody is dealing with that media circus for a bench player.

  8. Stop with the Kaepernick stuff. He already had his moment in the sun and you see what he did with it. He’s done. He is getting what he deserves. You reap what you sow. You must eventually face the consequences of your actions.

  9. The only reason I can think of why he refuses to play in another league to prove himself is that he doesn’t really want to play. Maybe it’s because he knows that the illusion of wanting to play in the NFL but being denied is good for his brand.

  10. I was all for his right to kneel. I think we all have the freedom to protest or not, although don’t agree with his methods personally. But I don’t think he really wants to play. He has gotten offers and has refused every single one either because he refuses to be a backup or he didn’t like the money. At some point wouldn’t it be wise to just take anything and get your foot back in the door?

  11. I guess It’s fun to pretend to wonder if Kap will except the salary offered to other ‘off the scrap heap’ QB’s signed to back up a QB playing only because of an injured starter.

    Also while the team is losing games because they have to start their back up, the team will also be losing fan intereste. So yeah, let’s pretend the lightning rod to negative attention (justified or not) is what that team would need.

  12. Who cares if this bum ever plays again? Him and his pig socks can’t go off to well deserved oblivion soon enough.

  13. It’s amazing that in this day and age with approximately 80mil men between the ages of 20-40 that we still can’t find 32 QBs who really deserve to be starting QBs in the NFL…………… or enough to be good back-ups, SAD, SAD, S-A-D!!!

  14. Please stop shoving kap down everyone’s throats. The guy was slightly below average at best and he sued his employer. If he really wanted to play ball he would have went to the CFL or AAF . He doesn’t want to play, he wants to stay relevant and in the news. Manziel has shown way more interest and effort to get back to the peo game. Yet you guys dont push him down teams throats.

    Ummmm……Manziel is actually worse than Kaepernick, that’s why. With two years away from the game Kaep, might tied with Manziel who knows.

  15. Sorry but………don’t see this league lasting as we as football fans cannot stand to watch less talented and less athletic players on the field. It’s not gonna be any different than the others, as it’s all basically watered down and unwatchable!!

  16. It can also help CJ Beathard. He left yesterday’s game with a hand injury. He lost his starting job in 2017 to Jimmy G. after he got injured, and he also lost his starting job to Nick Mullens after getting injured in 2018. The Niners are not likely to keep 3 quarterbacks on the 53 men roster, and Mullens has more wins in playing half a season in 2018 than Beathard did playing 2 seasons in 2017 and 2018 and he can stay healthy better than Beathard.

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