Publish Date: 06/14/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Michael Vick, a former NFL quarterback, addressed Colin Kaepernick’s prospective comeback to the NFL. Vick, who is now a Fox Sports 1 NFL analyst, is adamant the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback would return to the game at some point and convinced it would be prudent for him to do so as a backup. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on the NFL!
“I think it will happen in due time,” Vick said in an interview with Outkick.
Kaepernick has been effectively exiled from the NFL because of his political and social views. His non-signing since 2016 is widely attributed to his nonviolent and silent protest against racial injustice toward Black people in America. The NFL has a set of guidelines outlining exactly what transpired in this instance.
“He’s been out the league a couple years and he hasn’t played in a long time, it’d probably be smart to just come in in a backup role, and just play that backup role for two or three years,” Vick said.
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In 2016, Kaepernick amassed 2,241 passing yards in 59,2% of passes completed with 468 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, and a 90.7 rating.
Other than in a bit of exercise with the Las Vegas Raiders early in this offseason, Kaepernick doesn’t have enough of a sniff.
“When you get an opportunity to start, you show that you can play,” Vick added. “You win a series of games. You win five or six games,”
Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, made headlines earlier this month when he suggested that Kaepernick deserved a second chance.
“I believe in Colin Kaepernick,” Davis said. “He deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League. If our coaches and general manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms.”
Derek Carr, who is the starting quarterback for the Raiders, also showed his support by saying that it would be great if Las Vegas signed Kaepernick.
“I don’t want to speak for everybody in that kind of sense,” Carr said. “I don’t want someone mad at me for saying, ‘I think it would be great,’ but I know him and I would get along great.”
The Raiders aren’t the only team that could use someone like Kaepernick as a backup quarterback. That includes Kaepernick’s old team, the 49ers, once they let go of Jimmy Garoppolo. Once Garoppolo’s traded, Nate Sudfeld, Brock Purdy, and Trey Lance would be the remaining quarterbacks on the roster for San Francisco.
Some argue that the Atlanta Falcons, which Vick used to play for, could also make sense. In the spring, Atlanta relinquished franchise legend Matt Ryan. Recently, veteran journeyman Marcus Mariota is set to start while rookie third-round pick Desmond Ridder will back him up.
Vick was the first player the Falcons picked in the 2001 NFL Draft. For six years on the Falcons’ roster, he threw for 11,505 yards, 52 interceptions, and 71 touchdowns.
He went to the Pro Bowl three times and was second in the voting for NFL MVP by the AP in 2004. During that season, he averaged 7.5 yards per run, which was the most in the league.
After he was found guilty of dog fighting and sent to prison, he didn’t play in 2007 and 2008. Vick then came back to the NFL in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles. At the end of his 13-year NFL career, Vick spent the last two years with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers before becoming an NFL analyst.