Anthony Lynn: Colin Kaepernick fits style of QB we want

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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said in an interview earlier this month that he didn’t put out a statement regarding George Floyd’s murder, racial inequality and police brutality because he wanted to do something to bring about change.

Many have noted that one way NFL teams can show their commitment to making a change is by signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the playing of the national anthem and has been out of the league since 2016. In that interview with LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Times, Lynn said he didn’t like that Kaepernick was out of the league and felt he was clearly good enough to be either a starter or a backup in the league.

On Wednesday, Lynn was asked if the Chargers would move to end Kaepernick’s time out of the league.

“I haven’t talked to him,” Lynn said, via Joe Reedy of the Associated Press. “He fits the style of quarterback that we want. We’re happy with the three quarterbacks that we want but you can’t have enough on the runway.”

While Lynn hasn’t spoken to Kaepernick yet, the Chargers could bring him in for a workout once the NFL allows such activities to resume at team facilities. At that point, the team would have to decide about adding him to go with Tyrod Taylor, Justin Herbert and Easton Stick.

Time will tell if they do, but Lynn reiterated on Wednesday that “now is the time to do something.”

60 responses to “Anthony Lynn: Colin Kaepernick fits style of QB we want

  1. There is no denying he could be better than any of the three they currently have.
    He’ll have to prove it on an incentive laden contract though.

  2. This is twice now Lynn has talked about doing something.
    Twice saying Kaepernick fits his team.

    NOTHING is stopping Lynn from signing Kaepernick today.

  3. Yep, that guy turns down 13 million but wants to sit on the runway.

    Out of curiosity how many #2’s make over 5 million a year? And how many #3’s, because Blaine Gabbert is a #2, make over 1 million a year?

    Hidden is; we’re happy with who we have…

  4. Tyrod is better and Herbert and Stick both have way more potential. Adding a 33 year old Kaepernick to the mix makes no sense.

  5. Please, please, please – make him a reasonable, fair offer (arguably this would be league minimun for a guy that hasn’t played in three eyars).

    Why?

    1. If he turns it down because it isn’t enough money for him, everyone can finally shut up about Kaepernick.

    2. If he accepts it and gets cut because he just isn’t good enough, everyone can finally shut up about Kaepernick.

    3. If he accepts and makes the team, everyone can finally shut up about Kaepernick.

  6. mwredskins says:
    June 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    He makes NO sense….so Kaepernick fits his style, but Cam Newton doesn’t!!?
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    Cam doesn’t fit the budget

  7. Joe B says:
    June 17, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    This is twice now Lynn has talked about doing something.
    Twice saying Kaepernick fits his team.

    NOTHING is stopping Lynn from signing Kaepernick today.

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    There most definitely is something stopping Lynn from signing Kaepernick. Lynn is the Head Coach of the Chargers. He is NOT the General Manager.

  8. I really do not understand the Kaepernick talk. The political stuff aside, talking purely football, people forget he had drastically declined as a starting QB and was not that good at all once defense really started studying his game and learned how to play him. And that wasn’t like last year, that was what 4-5 years ago? QB’s don’t get better when they stay away from the game that long and last I heard Kaepernick wanted a starting role and a minimum of 20M+ per year which is laughable at this point. If he wants to come in at the veteran minimum and try to earn a spot as a QB2 that’s once thing but paying this guy a starting salary as a QB1 would be a disaster for any team stupid enough to do it.

  9. Clearly the Patriots would be the team most in need of a QB, but we all know they are about to fully tank for Trevor just like the Colts did for Luck years ago. Teams that have been spoiled with HOF QBs don’t want to go back to the carousel if they they can just get away with tanking. Does anyone here think the Pats are above using less-than-honorable means to get what they want? Yeah, me neither.

  10. 2. If he accepts it and gets cut because he just isn’t good enough, everyone can finally shut up about Kaepernick.

    You would think but in reality the team that cuts him will face significant backlash. The risk vs reward isn’t worth it.

  11. Look, I like Lynn’s message. Hell I like a lot of peoples MESSAGES right now. But actions speak louder than words. Sign Kap, put your money where your mouth is Lynn.

  12. mwredskins says:
    June 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    He makes NO sense….so Kaepernick fits his style, but Cam Newton doesn’t!!??
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    Exactly. I’d sign Cam Newton over Kap any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Kaepernick wasn’t all that good when he left the league 4-5 years ago so for him to say he wants a starting salary is just ridiculous . Last I heard he wanted a minimum of $20M+ dollars to sign which tells you he’s not serious about coming back because no team is going to sign a QB who wasn’t all that good when he last played (benched for Blaine freaking Gabbert) which was the better part of a half decade ago and hasn’t been on an NFL since. If he wants to try an earn spot as a QB2 for $2-$3M a year and try to work/earn his way back on the field that’s one thing but signing him to a starting salary at $20M+/YR is just ridiculous and nothing but a fantasy because it’s not going to happen.

  13. As a player, I would think it would be hard to accept a roster spot that a team was forced to give me based on my political actions. I would also think it would be hard for a locker room to have such a player forced on to the team at the expense of someone more qualified without actually earning the spot. I guess people really can get what they want if they cry about it long enough.

  14. So… Kaep as the 3rd stringer with LAC? What would they offer him for that, maybe vet min?

    THAT is definitely going to work out, for sure. He’ll jump all over that.

  15. Wait but they guy you just drafted in the 1st round is nothing like Kaepernick. And the guy you had for the last 12 years is nothing like Kaepernick. What are the similarities between Kaepernick and Rivers and Herbert in terms of style?

  16. Let him have his shot and judge him on his ability. If he is good enough sign him. If not, go away. What happened to common sense?

  17. Offer him a tryout and watch him sabotage it with outrageous contract demands or make some excuse about why the tryout is unfair.

    Kaepernick doesn’t want to play, he just wants people to think he wants to play.

  18. Joe B says:
    June 17, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    This is twice now Lynn has talked about doing something.
    Twice saying Kaepernick fits his team.

    NOTHING is stopping Lynn from signing Kaepernick today.
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    I would argue there is a chance that Kaepernick is stopping him.

  19. RGIII is the model here. He humbled himself and has a nice role with the Ravens. He may get another chance to start at some point, but at least he is in the league and trying to prove his worth every day.

  20. LOL.
    Don’t sign a potential HOFer in Rivers.
    And consider signing a washed up QB in kaepernick.

  21. Clearly you don’t know BB. He would never tank a season. It’s not in his blood. My belief is that he wants to give Stidham every opportunity to be the Patriots QB. And one other very important thing you’re missing:. Pats have no cap space. They had to restructure Chung’s contract to sign their number 1 pick. Unless they are able to restructure Joe Thuney’s contract (who they put the franchise tag on), they aren’t signing anyone right now.

  22. Uh, with Tyrod Taylor bringing absolutely ZERO drama and Justin Herbert 1 year away from doing special things why would you even think about it?
    Who the hell wants that distraction?
    He’d be 3rd on the depth chart at best.

  23. Kaepernick will be signed, “win” the starters job in an “open” and “fair” competition. Chargers go 4-12, Lynn gets fired and the Chargers are stuck with a 25 million dollar quarterback that nobody wanted or wants.
    No wonder nobody goes to their games. Id say Charger fans should take a knee to protest but they dont have any fans.

  24. Soooooo…

    Kaepernick at 20 million is a better wiser signing than Newton for 20 million?

    Ridiculous.

  25. As a Chiefs fan, I fully support the Chargers signing and starting Kaepernick, since it would make it easier for the Chiefs to beat the Chargers.

  26. I honestly believe these players will purposely miss a tackle on a receiver who catches a ball from Kaepernick, will purposely let him run free for first downs without tackling him, all to make sure he succeeds. This is where we are heading

  27. If I’m HC Lynn, I sign Cam Newton & Colin Kaepernick, right now on incentive contracts. I have Cam & Kaep battle it out for the starter & keep Tyrod Taylor as my 3rd QB.

  28. Joe B says:
    June 17, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    This is twice now Lynn has talked about doing something.
    Twice saying Kaepernick fits his team.

    NOTHING is stopping Lynn from signing Kaepernick today.

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    For Anthony Lynn, talk is cheap because he does not sign players. Tom Telesco has to want him and Dean Spanos needs to approve before any action could be taken.

  29. kcflake says:
    June 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, I fully support the Chargers signing and starting Kaepernick, since it would make it easier for the Chiefs to beat the Chargers.

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    We don’t need any help to do that.

  30. Hey, if the Chargers don’t have room for their top pick Herbert with all this chatter of signing Newton and Kaepernick….Seattle will take him for a 2022 7th rd pick.

  31. You just drafted a young QB, Kap is not a #1, and your 1st round pick is not going to be a 3. Number 3 at best, and that will not make him happy. He wants a starting spot handed to him.

  32. If you wanted to know what it was going to take for Anthony Lynn to get fired…

    Here ya go

  33. I have no idea what Kap would sign for. Heck the 49ers offered millions way back when, and he blew that off.

  34. My problem is this – A team brings him in for a workout, and then decides his skill set his diminished to the point where they don’t want to sign him…Then what? Is he going to call a press conference and make all kinds of wild claims about being discriminated against? Is his girlfriend going to make all types of wild accusations? The league is in a NO WIN situation with this guy

  35. What style might that be? Let’s be real, the style he’s talking about is really a fad. It’s already passing.

  36. He wants quarterbacks who don’t know how to read a defense? Who are 1 read and run? Interesting.

  37. There you go Lynn you have your starting quarterback for the 2020 2021 season Congratulation and Good Luck and I mean GOOD LUCK

  38. They should offer him a salary at the vet minimum and see if he does actually want to play. I don’t think he does – he opted out of his last contract after all – but we will see.

  39. Until Cam Newton has a job again there is no way you can justify Kaepernick getting signed now, because unlike Kaepernick the former league MVP Cam Newton can actually play QB.

  40. I wish Mr. Kaepernick well. If he is signed, it will be tough to overcome impression that signing was political only. At same time, I doubt any team would want the circus purely for PR purposes (and there would probably be a negative effect, other than increased merchandise sales $$).

    No doubt, if he is signed, his jersey will be #1 the first week.

  41. Until Cam Newton has a job again there is no way you can justify Kaepernick getting signed now, because unlike Kaepernick the former league MVP Cam Newton can actually play QB
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    Exactly!!! Add to the fact that Kaepernick hasn’t played in years and in my view was more of a “one hit wonder.” Cam is a legit quarterback when healthy.

  42. whoever signs him is going to be stuck with him.
    There is no way a team would release him.

  43. What’s the big deal? Bring him in. If he still has the skills, sign him to the vets minimum and bring him to training camp. If he can beat out your third or second string QB, keep him on. Otherwise release him. If he wants more money or wants more than a one year deal, then you walk away. Right or wrong he hasn’t played in years, so he has to do a “prove it” deal.

  44. I strongly believe in the cause, but give me a break! Two head coaches stand up for him and say he has skills just not for their team. He sucks plain and simple. Go into politics. That’s where he belongs.

  45. So convince your GM amd owner to sign him then. See how that works out for you.
    No team wants the circus that will come with him. You’ll have to play him and let him fail to get rid of him without turmoil coming your way.

  46. Lynn is full of hot air. I understand he is trying to help kaep get a job, but Lynn could have signed kaep anytime the last 2-3 years. Either sign kaepernick or be honest and say you won’t

  47. That’s like saying Patrick Mahomes fits your system. Ya think? Mahomes and Kaepernick both led their teams to 2 conference championships and one super bowl their first 2 years under center. Then the 49ers self-destructed by stripping Harbaugh’s power and then replacing him with Jim Tomsula, and then Chip Kelly. Who knows how many super bowls Kaepernick would have played in had they left Harbaugh in charge. Jed York only brought Harbaugh in to get their stadium deal passed, but canned him as soon as the stadium deal was signed. But Kaepernick was Mahomes a few years earlier. He was dominating the league under Harbaugh. If Kap sucked and Harbaugh was the genius, 30 teams would have been offering Harbaugh $25 million per season. After all, it’s a QB league and Harbaugh sure did a lot of winning with a “lousy” QB.

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