Colin Kaepernick is still a member of the San Francisco 49ers, but in the event he heads to the Big Apple, he'll have the endorsement of a New York Jets legend.
I know that (Ryan) Fitzpatrick did a wonderful job this year. Whenever I'm asked to critique what I've seen and what I feel, I know that he would like to throw the ball more accurately given the chance. You need more than one quarterback on a team. If Kaepernick were available, I'd certainly consider bringing him in, yes.
Namath was asked the question after Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall shot down the idea of Kaepernick coming to New York on an episode of First Take (via ESPN):
Whether or not Kaepernick lands in New York, it appears his time in San Francisco has drawn to a close. Mehta reported on Feb. 2 the Jets are atop his wish list, but CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora countered that, stating the interest may not be mutual:
Bottom line with Kaepernick - jets have not and are not interested. Colin has wanted out for quite some time and this impending divorce...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 4, 2016
Was reported months ago. Hiring of Chip Kelly changed nothing. He's done nothing to build a relationship and a trade remains very likely...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 4, 2016
Given the Jets' quarterback problems in the past, taking a chance on Kaepernick may not be the best strategy. He's never recaptured the magic he displayed during the 2012 season, and he lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert in 2015. Ryan Fitzpatrick may turn 34 in November, but at least the team knows what to expect from the veteran signal-caller.
Unless general manager Mike Maccagnan plans on replacing head coach Todd Bowles with Jim Harbaugh, he'd be smart to avoid making a move for the 49ers quarterback.