MassLive: “Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III encouraged the NFL to apologize to Colin Kaepernick in a Twitter message Tuesday. He also wrote that he wants the New England Patriots to sign the QB.
Kaepernick, the first NFL player to kneel in protest of police brutality, has not played in the NFL since 2016, the year he took a knee. Kennedy III is running against Sen. Ed Markey in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate primary.”
Joe Kennedy is doing a complete political play here. Not sure it’s needed as Mass is typically a blue state every year but I get appealing to the masses. The question now is, would the Patriots actually sign Kap? It’s interesting because for the past 3-4 years no team would realistically sign Kaepernick. Whether he was actually black balled or not didn’t matter. It became such a huge national story that most teams were scared to bring him into their organizations.
Scared of the media storm that was going to come with signing him. A team like the Pats were viewed as a place that would be able to handle it. He would have been a clear cut number two behind Brady and Bill is seen as a coach that can control media situations. Obliviously they never did, along with every other team but now more players are demanding he be signed. It is beginning to feel more and more like a possibility. What was viewed as something that could bring drama and negativity to your team, would now be viewed in nothing but positive light.
If a team does sign Colin they are going to immediately get kudos for taking that risk. They will be looked at as part of the solution for the issues the country is battling right now. And as for the issue of Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, it’s kind of out the door. Because you already know he is going to kneel, that is a given, but you’d have to expect that we’re going to see kneeling across the entire league. Every team is going to have players kneeling, so what’s one more?
Will the Patriots bring him in? Who knows. But quarterback is a position that, for the first time in 20 years, isn’t solid for them. They seem to really like Stidham but he is unproven. Would adding Kaepernick for depth help? Maybe, but he hasn’t been in the game for four seasons. Would he even be able to compete with Stidham, Hoyer and Lewerke? Only time will tell.
I do believe one team will sign Kaepernick, the questions now are who and if he still is able to compete at the NFL level. This season should be interesting.