Colin Kaepernick just reached a settlement with the NFL in his collusion case, but he’s not giving up hope of playing in the league.
Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said as much Saturday night during an interview on CNN. But here’s the comment that may interest New England Patriots fans: Geragos named the Patriots and the Carolina Panthers as two teams he could see signing his client in the near future.
I think you’re going to see within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who? Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move. Yeah, that would not surprise me.
Geragos also made a cryptic reference to a third team that could sign Kaepernick.
“It would not surprise me if (Kraft’s) former coach, I’ll test your knowledge, also makes a move,” he said.
That could be a reference to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who coached in New England before Bill Belichick arrived in 2000.
The Panthers would seem to be a fit for Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October 2017 claiming its owners conspired to keep him out of the league.
Carolina doesn’t have a legitimate backup behind Cam Newton, whose own future remains somewhat uncertain after offseason shoulder surgery. Kaepernick also would be reunited with former teammate Eric Reid, who jointly filed his collusion grievance with the ex-Niners QB.
The Patriots may be a stretch for Kaepernick, however. Quarterback Tom Brady has his sights set on playing until age 45 and has two backups in close friend Brian Hoyer and 2018 draft pick Danny Etling.
But Geragos reiterated his client wants to “compete at the highest level,” so perhaps a team will end Kaepernick’s two-year NFL absence this spring.
It was just two weeks ago that Edelman and the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The 32-year-old veteran caught 10 passes for 141 yards and was named Super Bowl MVP — the second Patriots wide receiver ever to win the award.