With less than 24 hours until the NFL trade deadline, the New England Patriots dealt longtime backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers.
The Patriots received a 2018 2nd-round pick in the trade, and the 49ers instantly got a massive upgrade at the quarterback position. In adding Garoppolo to the roster, San Francisco released quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Garoppolo was drafted in 2014 by the Patriots in the second round, and he started New England’s first two games of the 2016 season when Tom Brady was finally suspended following “Deflategate.” He went 42-for-59 to go along with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions before suffering a shoulder sprain.
There had long been talk about the Patriots dealing Garoppolo, and it finally got done in virtually no time. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides started discussing a deal Monday morning and came up with a deal hours later.
But that leaves the Patriots without a backup quarterback behind Brady. The also don’t currently have one on the practice squad, so they’ll have to sign some quarterback by the time they take the field in two weeks — they have a bye Week 9.
That’s opened the door for much speculation as to the Patriots would realistically sign. So, what about Colin Kaepernick? It seems like after almost every quarterback that’s gone down this season around the league, Kaepernick’s name constantly comes up. But so far, no team has reached out to the veteran quarterback.
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Many owners and general managers across the league have remained hesitant to give the former 49ers quarterback a call. Some speculate it’s because of his protests during the national anthem and the media firestorm that comes with it. Others say the 29-year-old quarterback doesn’t have what it takes anymore to lead an NFL offense.
When President Donald Trump criticized the ongoing protests in the NFL last month, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who’s a supporter of the president, fired back. He praised his players and applauded their effort to “peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.
Most recently, though, reports say Kaepernick’s legal team is focusing in on Kraft as they search for proof league owners colluded against him.
The Patriots could certainly sign Kaepernick, but it seems unlikely they would granted the history with Kraft.