Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday practice with the Raiders put the top passer back on the NFL’s radar. The hearing didn’t result in a signing and it doesn’t look like a deal will materialize in the near future.
Although the Raiders viewed Kaepernick’s coaching positively, ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler notes that no deal is imminent. Teams often return to practice players on the road, and a recent report indicated that two other teams have shown some interest in Kaepernick. For now, the Raiders are sticking with their Nick Mullens-Jarrett Stidham duo behind Derek Carr. Recently added saves can have OTAs and minicamp to prove themselves as viable QB2 options.
Although Las Vegas could potentially upgrade Kaepernick as a replacement for Carr, the former San Francisco starter hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season. has now demonstrated quality arm strength and good physical fitness in his training. That’s impressive considering how much time has passed since his controversial stint in free agency began. The rust should be understandable, given the circumstances.
The Raiders don’t think the Raiders view Kaepernick as a player who would contribute the way Marcus Mariota did in specialty packages. They are looking for a replacement Carr. Josh McDaniels led the Patriots’ Cam Newton-led offense in 2020, but the call-to-play veteran’s career has mostly featured pocket QBs.
McDaniels, of course, broke into the CO ranks with Tom Brady. After helping the 2008 Patriots to an 11-5 season with Matt Cassel from 15 games, McDaniels turned that into a head coaching opportunity in Denver, where he quickly replaced Jay Cutler with Kyle Orton. Although McDaniels greenlighted a trade for Tim Tebow in the first round of 2010, Tebow made no starts under McDaniels, who spent the 2011 season leading a Rams offense that primarily featured Sam Bradford at the orders. The least mobile of the five QBs picked in the first round last year, Mac Jones completed the McDaniels Patriots run, replacing Newton.
Newton remains a free agent but was only signed to the Panthers this offseason. Quarterback picks are otherwise slim, with Josh Rosen, Blake Bortles and ex-Raider Mike Glennon. Ryan Fitzpatrick, 39, has yet to retire, but he missed 16 games with injury last season.