If there was a team you could envision taking a look at Colin Kaepernick, it might be the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos need a quarterback. Broncos general manager John Elway has looked into Kaepernick before. That, of course, came before Kaepernick became famous for his protests during the national anthem. Then, suddenly, the Broncos didn’t seem interested anymore.
Nobody is likely to sign Kaepernick, which is probably a factor in why he filed a collusion grievance against the NFL last year. If someone was going to sign Kaepernick by now, it would have happened. Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has always spoken his mind, especially after retirement, and he told the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala that teams are “scared” on Kaepernick, “uneducated on him as a person,” and he didn’t know if Kaepernick would want to play for teams “run by scared, kind of bigoted people.”
Plummer also mentioned the Broncos connection, but doesn’t think they’re signing him:
Was talking to Jake Plummer this morning about quarterbacks and free agency and potential fits in Denver. Colin Kaepernick's name came up, and I asked Plummer if he believed an NFL team would give Kaepernick a chance to play. His response: pic.twitter.com/lstfcQ5ox0
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 6, 2018
Plummer isn’t alone in hoping Kaepernick gets another shot, though that possibility seems remote. We saw teams use quarterbacks worse than Kaepernick last season, preferring to lose games rather than draw scorn (from some of their fans or fellow owners freezing out Kaepernick, take your pick) for signing Kaepernick.
The Broncos seem like as good of a fit as any for a quarterback who was solid as a starter for an awful 49ers team in 2016. Denver will try for Kirk Cousins, but the Vikings might have the upper hand there. Denver could look at Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater or other free-agent quarterbacks, or draft a quarterback fifth overall. They’ll find someone, and probably be able to avoid any questions about why they’re not in on Kaepernick.
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