Are the Atlanta Falcons a fit for Colin Kaepernick?

Nick Halden
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) flexes his muscles after scoring a touchdown during their 45-31 victory over Green Bay Packers in their NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday, January 11, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif.Packers13 14 Spt Wood
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) flexes his muscles after scoring a touchdown during their 45-31 victory over Green Bay Packers in their NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday, January 11, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif.Packers13 14 Spt Wood /
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The Atlanta Falcons are committed to Matt Ryan but remain without a clear option if the veteran were to miss time due to injury. Finding an upgrade over Josh Rosen shouldn’t be entirely difficult considering how terrible Rosen was in limited opportunities.

If Atlanta opts not to take a quarterback in the draft (what they should do) to develop their best option is finding a veteran they could use in certain run or trick-play packages. Cam Newton would be one potential fit that would provide an option behind Ryan while still offering Atlanta a short-yardage weapon.

Newton may be outside Atlanta’s price range, however, considering the number of positions they have to address this off-season. One outside-the-box option could be former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick would be an upgrade over Josh Rosen and could offer the Atlanta Falcons a mobile option behind Ryan

Colin has 2,300-career rushing yards and at his best was an elite rusher who put together one of the most memorable playoff games of the last decade against the Green Bay Packers. Colin ran for 181-yards in that game and scored twice on the ground.

Whether or not Colin has close to that explosive athleticism left is unknown. What is known is the fact that bringing Colin in to Atlanta to compete for the backup job is a no lose move. If he still does have the explosive speed he flashed with San Francisco he could serve as a short yardage weapon and give Atlanta’s offense another wrinkle while serving as an upgrade over Josh Rosen.

If he is brought into camp and the time off has eroded what skills he had Atlanta can cut him without any harm done. Giving him an opportunity on a no-risk deal would be a great move for Atlanta and give them a chance at finding a surprise contributor.

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