Jim Harbaugh Says Colin Kaepernick Will Have Great Career, Win Super Bowls

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2017

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Colin Kaepernick #7 before their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh remains optimistic free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick can get his NFL career back on track.   

Harbaugh recently went on PFT Live and said teams have asked him for his assessment of Kaepernick, whom he coached with the San Francisco 49ers, and he has spoken highly of the 29-year-old:

"I'll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he's an outstanding player and I think he's a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said he thinks NFL teams aren’t as patient as they need to be in developing quarterbacks, and he thinks a smart team will take the time to work with Kaepernick to make the most of his physical tools. That team, Harbaugh believes, will win multiple Super Bowls.

The signal-caller remains unsigned after he opted out of his last deal.

While Kaepernick is deserving of another chance in the NFL, Harbaugh is perhaps overly optimistic when he foresees a team building around the former 49er and winning multiple Super Bowls.

It's a bit similar to when ESPN's Ron Jaworski argued years ago that Kaepernick could go down as one of the best quarterbacks in history.

Kaepernick has never recaptured the magic of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, when it looked like he, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson could revolutionize the NFL. Between 2014 and 2016, Kaepernick has thrown for 7,225 yards, 41 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

In addition, Kaepernick turns 30 in November, so he's no longer a young quarterback with boatloads of promise. Football Outsiders ranked him 30th among quarterbacks in DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement) in 2016, and Pro Football Focus graded him 26th (61.6) at the position.

If the New York Jets can sign 37-year-old Josh McCown, then Kaepernick should have a future in the NFL as a veteran backup. His days as a franchise QB capable of winning championships is in all likelihood over, however.

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