The Philadelphia Eagles were reeling Monday after head coach Doug Pederson announced starting quarterback and MVP-candidate Carson Wentz was out for the rest of the year after tearing his ACL in a game over the weekend.
Philly's backup quarterback Nick Foles is expected to step in as the starter, but with Wentz out the team should probably consider all options moving forward. A number of folks had a suggestion for who could step in: Colin Kaepernick.
The Eagles are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the NFL and have already clinched a playoff spot. Foles could certainly step in—he knows the team's offensive system—but Kaepernick has the experience of guiding a team to the Super Bowl. Sure he hasn't played all season. And his performance fell off a bit last year. But he was still, at worst, an above-average quarterback. The Eagles need a big-game QB with the postseason around the corner. And Kaep could be it.
Of course, many folks believe it's not Kaepernick's talent that's keeping him out of the NFL. Rather, it's his outspokenness on social issues, chiefly the oppression of black people in America and police brutality. He sparked the league-wide kneeling protests that have angered some, including President Donald Trump.
But Philadelphia's immediate needs have led some a few NFL observers to turn their attention back to Kaepernick's on-field skills and float him as a potential addition for the Eagles.
Hall-of-Famer turned Fox Sports talking head Cris Carter tweeted, "bring Kaepernick to Philly" alongside a mock-up of Kaep in an Eagles jersey.
Eliot Shorr-Parks, an Eagles reporter for NJ.com, wrote if "Foles goes down, the Eagles would be hard pressed to find a better option than having Kaepernick going in for him."
Sportswriter Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice wrote that while it's not easy to get a quarterback used to a new system this late in the season, it would be a "disservice to their ultimate goal to not at least have a conversation" with Kaepernick. He added that folks labeling Kaepernick a distraction were coming up with a "lame excuse"—especially considering that Philly's Chris Long is an outspoken advocate and Malcolm Jenkins was a protester and the leader of a group of players who met with the NFL on social justice demonstrations.
There are also apparently some fans on board with signing Kaepernick. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski posted to Twitter that he was on the same flight as the Eagles' general manager Howie Roseman after the team's game in L.A. on Sunday. He posted that a fan approached Roseman and said, "Sign Kaepernick."
The Eagles, however, may not plan to add another quarterback. NJ.com reporter Matt Lombardo tweeted the Eagles "seem happy with Nate Sudfeld," who was the team's third-stringer before the Wentz injury.
NBC Sports Philadelphia reporter Reuben Frank tweeted that Sudfeld, a sixth-round pick in 2016, appeared to be the backup moving forward and that coach Doug Pederson said, "We're very comfortable with Nate."
While some teams flirted with signing Kaepernick ahead of the season, he's never gotten particularly close to joining a squad. He has even sued the NFL, arguing the league is colluding to keep him out.
But as Kaepernick has been kept out of pro football, he has been honored for his work off the field. Amid his pledge to donate $1 million to causes he believed in, Sports Illustrated awarded him with its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award while GQ magazine named him its citizen of the year.
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