Colin Kaepernick may have finally found a team that would take him on. The former NFL quarterback has received another strong endorsement for his potential return to the league.
During a recent interview with NBC Sports’ Race in America: A Candid Conversation, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis expressed his belief in Kaepernick as an NFL QB. He also stated that he would be open to having Kaepernick on his team. However, Davis left the decision up to the team’s front office and coaching staff.
“I believe in Colin Kaepernick,” Davis said. “He deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League. I still stand by it. If our coaches and General Manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms.”
Entering the 2022 season, the Raiders are under a new general manager in Dave Ziegler and a new head coach in Josh McDaniels, both of whom have been with the team since January.
If they were to bring him in, he would most certainly be a back-up as the team rewarded starting quarterback Derek Carr with a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension
Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016 after he protested against racial and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He made a direct pitch to get back into the league last week, saying he’s willing to play as a backup.
“I know I have to find my way back in,” Kaepernick said on the I Am Athlete podcast. “So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that fine. But that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such. I just need that opportunity to walk through the door.”
This ringing endorsement will be all for naught if the team doesn’t actually bring him in. We have been down this road before with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.