Reports coming out of Miami and Tampa have both the Dolphins and Buccaneers attending Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday NFL workout in Atlanta (story HERE).
Despite their struggling records, both teams shouldn’t extend him an offer.
Let’s put aside politics for a moment.
Kaepernick has been out of the league for three years and before then, he was already on the bench. He was a ghost of the QB who took the 49ers to the Superbowl years ago.
Neither the Dolphins or Bucs have an offense that would fit Kaepernick very well. Miami would ask him to come aboard an offense with no other reliable weapons in the arsenal. The fact that Tampa is even going to Atlanta is probably rattling in the back of Jameis Winston’s head as the struggling QB tries to cobble together a .500 season for the team that drafted him.
Kaepernick is 32 years old. Even if you think he’s the answer, you’ll be drafting a replacement for him soon. There aren’t too many scramblers like Kaepernick that play into their mid 30s.
Okay, now let’s talk about the politics.
Inviting Kaepernick into your locking room is inviting the scrutiny of the entire North American media on to your organization. We’re talking about not only sports writers but political reporters. The nightly cable talkers will put the spotlight on your franchise and so much more press whether you want it or not is coming your way.
There will be protests. Whether or not you play him. You can’t please everyone here.
Finally, let’s talk about the players on the team now. The volume gets turned down on all of them. It’s no longer just about the game but politics.
Do Bucs and Dolphins fans really want that?
Let another team take a risk with Kaepernick and instead focus on finishing the season strong and looking towards the draft for a real answer at the most important position in sports.