Did the Philadelphia Eagles consider the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick?
It’s been a topic of discussion and in some cases a cause for extreme debate. Did the Philadelphia Eagles consider the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick to the roster? Two backups, both Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler, went down in consecutive preseason games, and as every Eagles fan reconfirmed in their mind that sitting Carson Wentz was the right move, everyone was able to agree on one thing.
The Eagles had to sign a quarterback, but the question who was available?
As scary as the prospects of adding Brock Osweiler or Matt Cassel appeared to be on the surface, both seemed to be better options than the readdition of Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez to the Eagles roster.
Ever since videos surfaced of Colin Kaepernick working out, questions have been asked. Might an NFL team give him a shot? On a couple of occasions, his name was brought up in relation to the Eagles. That theory brought both support and anger (as you might imagine).
We at ITI asked the question. Much of the staff was under the impression that there was no harm in bringing him in for a workout, but that was our thought. Philly has since gone with veteran backup and sometimes starter Josh Mccown. Everyone seems content, but even if the aftermath of his signing, many have continued to ask the question.
Did Philly really consider adding Kaepernick?
Well, who better to ask than head coach Doug Pederson? Of course, it doesn’t matter now but aren’t you curious? For those that are, here’s your answer. Kaepernick was, indeed, a possibility. ‘We consider everybody’ said Pederson when he was asked about the controversial former NFL signal-caller. ‘We consider everybody, honestly. We consider everybody and do what’s best for the Eagles.’
Now, how far the Eagles went with their discussion may always be a mystery, and maybe saying that you did is easier than explaining why you didn’t. Still, one thing’s certain. We also know the Washington Redskins considered Kaepernick ‘for sure’. Those are Coach Jay Gruden‘s words, not ours.
Couple that with the fact that John Elway of the Denver Broncos reportedly offered Kaepernick a deal that he turned down stating, ‘He’s had his chance to be here. He passed it’, and we can now say something with confidence. The rumors of a league-wide disdain for Kaepernick may have been exaggerated slightly.