The Atlanta Falcons are in need of a backup quarterback after losing A.J. McCarron to a season ending injury. Their best move is also the least likely, signing free agent Colin Kaepernick.
The Atlanta Falcons making a splashy move like signing Kaepernick seems unlikely, however, it is the best move available to a team in desperate need of quarterback talent. The question here isn’t whether or not Kaepernick can play.
Colin led his team to a Super Bowl and had great seasons as a member of San Francisco. He is certainly better than any of the remaining free-agent options Atlanta has on the backup quarterback market.
The question is would Atlanta be willing to brave the storm signing Kaepernick would bring? He is a polarizing figure who has been kept out of the league because of it. Atlanta signing him would certainly bring a media storm for a time.
Meaning the team and coaching staff would all need to be on board to bring in the former 49er’s star.
While he is five years removed from playing football he simply cannot be any worse than the players Atlanta has trotted out to line up under center this pre-season.
Colin would give Atlanta a capable backup who can step in and lead this team if Matt Ryan were to go down. It would give Colin an opportunity he needs as well to prove he can still play football and give him a well-deserved second chance in this league.
This is not the move you should expect Atlanta to make as signing a cheap free agent for the final pre-season game and signing the best quarterback available after roster cuts seems more likely.
However, if Atlanta truly wants the best quarterback on the market they will go after Colin Kaepernick a player who if given the chance will show he has plenty of football left.