Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh
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No different group is shut on the subject of a number of essential elements. The Ravens have the appropriate scheme match for Kaepernick’s skills, as he nonetheless has loads of athletic capability and was gifted runner throughout his time with the 49ers, averaging 6.1 yards per rush for his profession. The truth is, Kaepernick’s 6.eight yards per rush in his last season was nearly equivalent to Lamar Jackson’s 6.9 determine from final season. Jackson carries the ball considerably extra typically, and is singularly gifted as a runner, but when Baltimore wanted to interchange him in a pinch, Kaepernick could be a greater match than Robert Griffin III, who, regardless of being two years youthful, has by no means been the identical as a runner since his rookie-year knee harm.
Of equal, if not higher significance is the truth that Greg Roman is Baltimore’s offensive coordinator, the identical place he held with the 49ers for Kaepernick’s first 4 seasons. From 2012-2014, Kaepernick had 50 touchdowns and simply 21 interceptions in 39 begins, and ran for 1,578 yards. If anybody is aware of tips on how to get probably the most out of him, it’s Roman. John Harbaugh’s standing as one of many NFL’s most revered coaches additional cements the apparent; Baltimore is the perfect vacation spot for Kaepernick.
Invoice O’Brien and Deshaun Watson
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Invoice O’Brien’s efforts at roster-building have rightly been met with derision, however he may make a constructive improve to his group by signing Kaepernick. Houston’s line has improved since Laremy Tunsil arrived, however Deshaun Watson nonetheless wants each little bit of his mobility to keep away from rushers, lengthen performs and make issues occur. Kaepernick can do all of these issues and performance because the group’s finest playmaker if he’s pressured into motion.
O’Brien is likely to be a nasty common supervisor, however he has a stable status working with quarterbacks. What’s extra, his public pro-kneeling stance, going as far as to say that he would kneel together with his gamers, stands as a consider Houston’s favor. Moreover, one of the vital essential parts for a group Kaepernick is the presence of a longtime starter to keep away from any quarterback controversy. Like Jackson in Baltimore, Watson greater than matches that invoice.
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Seattle nearly signed Kaepernick in 2017, and head coach Pete Carroll mentioned that he regrets not making the transfer. He may repair that with ease by bringing in Kaepernick to knock off the rust and study alongside Russell Wilson, who’s clearly established as a top-three quarterback within the league. The Seahawks have Geno Smith as a backup, however Smith has by no means carried out at a excessive degree at any level in his profession, and doesn’t convey Kaepernick’s athleticism, dynamic qualities or resume to the desk.
Seattle appears snug with Smith, but when the Seahawks are critical about bettering their roster, including Kaepernick and making the backup quarterback job an open competitors could be smart. The Seahawks are a run-heavy offense, have a powerful ability forged, notably at large receiver, the place Tyler Lockett and D.Ok. Metcalf are a duo on the rise. Plus, regardless of Wilson’s excellence as a pocket passer, he nonetheless makes loads of performs in scramble conditions, an space the place Kaepernick could be adept.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
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Patrick Mahomes has been vocal in help of the Black Lives Matter motion, and his excellence makes the Chiefs distraction-proof. Matt Moore was one of many league’s steadiest backups final season, however Kansas Metropolis opted to signal Chad Henne to a two-year deal. Henne is very like Moore in that he’s a veteran recreation supervisor who could be counted upon to make the easy play. Kaepernick may not step proper in because the backup quarterback had been he to go to the Chiefs, however attending to work with Eric Bieniemy and Andy Reid could be good for him, and if he picked up the offense rapidly sufficient, it’s straightforward to think about him supplanting Henne and stepping in as Mahomes’ major backup. Had been the Chiefs to lose Mahomes throughout an important a part of the season, Kaepernick may step in and thrive with Kansas Metropolis’s forged of elite offensive weapons.
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff and Sean McVay
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The Rams could be an incredible match for Kaepernick for a number of causes. For one, the Rams are a high-profile group enjoying in a giant market. Secondly, although Jared Goff had an off yr in 2019, he’s nonetheless firmly entrenched because the starter. Maybe the largest cause why the Rams and Kaepernick would work is Sean McVay. McVay has taken Goff, a person of modest total bodily expertise, and turned him into one of many league’s higher passers. Goff ranks within the top-10 in Professional Soccer Focus grading when throwing to his first learn. That exhibits that McVay’s schemes are good. It’s when Goff is pressured to maneuver off of his first learn that he struggles, which means that he will get joyful toes and is indecisive when thrown off-schedule. Had been he pressed into obligation, Kaepernick would probably fare higher than Goff in these conditions, and provides Los Angeles an intriguing backup possibility. Blake Bortles, final yr’s backup, continues to be a free agent. The Rams want Goff insurance coverage; Kaepernick matches the invoice.
Chris Mueller is the co-host of The PM Workforce with Poni & Mueller on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, Monday–Friday from 2-6 p.m. ET. Proprietor of a canine with a Napoleon advanced, shopper of beer, cooker of chili, closet Cleveland Browns fan. On Twitter at @ChrisMuellerPGH – please chortle.