Report: Colin Kaepernick's Agent Contacting NFL Teams Seeking QBs amid Injuries

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2019

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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The agent of former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick has reportedly been reaching out to NFL teams on behalf of his client as the league has recently been plagued by injuries at the quarterback position.

"Colin is literally in the best shape of his life," a source told Chris Williamson of SNY. "He's been working out five days a week at 5 a.m. for three years. He wants to play and his agent has been contacting teams in need of a QB."

Below is a look at the teams missing their starting quarterback so far this season:

  • Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck (ankle injury, retirement)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Nick Foles (out until at least Week 11 due to broken clavicle)
  • New York Jets: Sam Darnold (out indefinitely due to mononucleosis)
  • New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees (expected to miss six weeks due to torn ligament in right thumb)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger (out for season due to elbow injury)

Also of note, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not participate in practice Tuesday, with the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reporting the 2015 NFL MVP's status for Week 3 is uncertain as he has reaggravated a foot injury.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 31, remains unsigned, which has been the case since he opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017.

Reggie Miller @ReggieMillerTNT

With Drew Brees (6-8 weeks) and Ben Roethlisberger (season) out, can’t wait to hear all the excuses on why @Kaepernick7 CAN NOT get a call.. As my arch enemy Spike Lee would say, “Do The Right Thang” @NFL

mike freeman @mikefreemanNFL

Would be a good time for the league to finally do the right thing and end the ban on @Kaepernick7. Just a thought.

The dual-threat star led the 49ers to a Super Bowl XLVII berth in 2013 and an NFC Championship Game appearance the following year. 

Though he signed a six-year, $126-million extension during the 2014 offseason, Kaepernick soon found himself competing for his job. He was benched for former Jacksonville Jaguars bust Blaine Gabbert at one point during the 2015 campaign.

Kaepernick wound up making 12 appearances in 2016, going 1-10 in 11 starts. He completed just 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions and he ran for 468 yards and two scores as well.

He has not played in an NFL game since Jan. 1, 2017.

Kaepernick has been the face of the protest against social injustice in sports, as he was the first athlete to sit or kneel during the national anthem. As he remained unsigned, he sued the NFL for collusion. That lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount of money back in February.