Colin Kaepernick is actively eyeing a return to football in 2022, throwing in front of NFL scouts at halftime of Michigan’s spring game on Saturday, but he could’ve been back on an NFL sideline, but just not as a player.
There’s an alternate reality where the 34-year-old signal-caller would’ve returned to the NFL this year as a coach.
According to ProFootballTalk, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh may have brought up Kaepernick as a potential QBs coach when he interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings job earlier this year. For that to happen, Kaepernick would’ve had to give up his dream of trying to play again.
Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick during their time with the 49ers, did not propose Kaepernick as a potential QB addition for the Vikings during his meetings with team brass, according to Mike Florio.
Harbaugh ultimately decided to stay with Michigan and the Vikings went with Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.
Kaepernick is attempting to resume his playing career after a five-year absence from the league. The former Super Bowl starter has reportedly drawn interest from several teams ahead of the 2022 season, but he hasn’t appeared close to signing with a new team ever since his departure from San Francisco following the 2016 campaign.
It seems obvious at this point that no team is going to bring him in, so coaching is the best option he has if he wants to get back in the NFL.