After three years of being de-facto blackballed by the NFL for protesting racism before games, Colin Kaepernick appears to be getting new interest from NFL teams in the country’s current political and moral climate. Recently, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.”
Three years too late, but here we are and it looks like he could get a workout from the Chargers according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
#Chargers Lynn on Kaepernick: "I haven't talked to him. He fits the style of quarterback that we want. We're happy with the three quarterbacks that we want but you can't have enough on the runway."— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) June 17, 2020
At 32 years old and three years out of the league, Kaepernick’s prospects aren’t what they once were. But, Coach Lynn believes he fits the style of quarterback for their system. Lynn goes on to say the Chargers haven’t made plans to workout Kaepernick but says “It would be crazy to not have him on your workout list,” per ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry.
Lynn also says he’s happy with his top three quarterbacks after drafting Justin Herbert and keeping Tyrod Taylor after letting Philip Rivers go this offseason. That doesn’t make for a great fit, but just saying he will give Kaepernick a workout could get the ball rolling across the league.
At this point, we can’t know where Kaepernick is in his desire to return to the NFL after the league eschewed him for so long, wasting some of his best years. Kaepernick did workout for teams in November of last season, so there was interest less than a year ago.