The Cowboys Need to Sign Colin Kaepernick
If the Dallas Cowboys are serious about winning their first Super Bowl in 21 years, they should sign a reliable backup quarterback with experience and the ability to enter a game if heaven forbid that Dak Prescott does get injured. The perfect backup QB happens to be available for the taking, I’m sure you’ve heard of him; Colin Kaepernick.
It’s funny how a person can go from being so highly respected and a savior for a once proud NFL franchise, to an overqualified NFL QB just simply looking for an opportunity to land a job with any team that will give him another chance. There is no doubt that Kaepernick has not been acquired by another team because he has been blackballed in the league for his actions that were taken in protest last fall by refusing to stand for the national anthem due to his feelings of wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
Say what you will about Kaepernick and his decision that caused so much controversy last season, but the man can flat out play football and the Cowboys should realize that and acquire him before some one else does. One of the biggest mistakes that Dallas has made in the past was a failure to invest in a backup QB that was actually capable of winning in relief of then starter Tony Romo.
From Brandon Weeden, to Kellen Moore, Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel and even former UTEP QB Jameill Showers, who is now a converted safety, the Cowboys have struggled mightily to find a reliable backup that is a proven winner in the NFL as a signal caller. Yes I know what you are thinking, Mark Sanchez led the Jets to back-back AFC championship game appearances. That was 7 years ago, and the former Cowboys’ QB hasn’t done anything since.
Colin Kaepernick has the career numbers to warrant a starting job in the NFL much or less a backup role. He has thrown for 12,271 yards, with 72 career TD’s and an impressive 88.9 percent rating in his six NFL seasons. Last season Kaepernick played well by throwing for 2,241 yards and 16 TD’s with only 4 INT’s after taking over for initial starter Blaine Gabbert. Combine that with the fact that he nearly led the 49ers to a Super Bowl XLVII win, and therefore any team should welcome him as their backup.
Putting his past aside, Kaepernick is the ideal fit for the Cowboys for numerous reasons. He is only 29 years old, was supposedly a positive influence in the Niners’ locker room, has tremendous experience, and has more than proven his worth in the past. Keep in mind that in the past several years, backup quarterbacks have won only one game for the Cowboys; that is simply a pathetic statistic and must change.
Dallas has always taken a chance on troubled players like Greg Hardy, Tank Johnson, Adam “Pacman” Jones and Josh Brent just to name a few. At this point what’s the worry about signing one more controversial player? It’s a bit preposterous to think that numerous QB’s with half the experience and talent of Kaepernick such as Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, Matt Schaub and Matt Cassel, have all received contracts this off season. The Cowboys need to cease the moment and opportunity to sign Kaepernick, or else a team like Seattle certainly will.
In a game where the leader of your team is one hit away from a season or career ending injury, it is vitally important to have a solid backup. Common sense would say that it is a no brainer for the Cowboys to sign Kaepernick, just ask the New England Patriots how important a solid backup QB is, it can make or break a season.