Philadelphia Eagles: Doug Pederson dishes on possible Kaepernick return

Colin Kaepernick (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Even for the Philadelphia Eagles, Colin Kaepernick is a hot topic.

This may be the most nervous Philadelphia Eagles fans have been since March. Think back to when we first learned of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL fan in all of us thought the season was so far away that it felt like the likelihood of a real football season was high. Then, June wore on and we learned that Coronavirus hit close to home.

Several members of the Houston Texans and still others in the Dallas Cowboys organization, including Ezekiel Elliott, tested positive. Now, after a draft and a virtual offseason, this feels like the most danger that we’ve been in of not having a professional football season.

It isn’t impossible. It just feels as though so many positive diagnoses this close to the start of camp make the complications seem numerous, so as of the middle of June, fingers are crossed. Let’s not forget something else, with the growing stance of racial sensitivity, another question has been on quite a few minds. What about Colin Kaepernick? Is there, now, more room in the current NFL for him?

Would the Philadelphia Eagles consider Kaepernick?

Less than a year ago, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson lamented that Philly “considers everybody” when he was asked if the team would be interested in the controversial quarterback. Has his answer changed under the current climate?

In a recent talk with 94 WIP-FM’s Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team, the subject came up. Here’s some of what the leader of the Philadelphia Eagles football team had to say.

"I think it’s something that if a team or even us were in a situation, we would look at all possibilities and scenarios. The one thing you have to keep in mind is he hasn’t played in a couple (of) years. That still doesn’t mean he couldn’t come in and be a backup and learn your system and do those things for you. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that could happen"

There you have it. On the surface, it would seem as though Philly is set with a very well-paid Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, and Jalen Hurts, but come on. “Kap” is better than Sudfeld at least, isn’t he? It’s worth having a discussion, right?

Once upon a time, Philly took a chance on Michael Vick when that seemed like an unpopular stance. That worked out fairly well (even if the “Birds” never won a postseason game with Vick at the helm). Fast forward, and another gifted signal-caller is the topic of discussion. Again, it seems like Philly is set at the position, but you never know.

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Finally, it seems like much of the world is more understanding of what Colin Kaepernick’s stance was. Now, the questions are can he play, does he want to play, and will a team sign him if he does. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.