Cris Carter says Patriots could sign Colin Kaepernick: 'Krafts are very fond of him'

Alex Reimer
February 15, 2019 - 11:03 am

I am one of the most devout Colin Kaepernick fans in this great nation –– right behind Cardi B. And even I have given up hope about him playing in the NFL again. He’s missed two straight seasons and is still suing the league for collusion. It looks like Kaepernick will be kept on the sidelines forever.

But Cris Carter still insists Kaepernick could return to professional football, and suit up for … the Patriots. That’s right –– forget about trying to select Tom Brady’s successor in the NFL Draft this spring. Bring on Kap.

“The Patriots are not a great drafting team. We tell the Tom Brady story, but they miss more than the hit in the draft,” Carter said on FS1’s “First Things First” Friday. “If you look at most of their players, they come from –– let me get a retread here. I wouldn’t be consumed with just the draft.”

When Carter was pushed to name a specific player, he floated Kaepernick’s name.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. “I just think they’ll do it a different way. I know the Krafts are very, very fond of Colin Kaepernick. I know that situation we had, the national anthem, they wish we never went down that road. If someone will do it, it will be the people in New England.”

It is somewhat noteworthy that Carter says the Krafts are "very fond" of Kaepernick, but unfortunately, he doesn't cite any sources. So without tangible proof that Carter isn't just speaking extemporaneously, it's hard to take that statement seriously. 

And from a football perspective, Kaepernick might just be too rusty. He reportedly turned down an offer to play in the AAF League, asking for $20 million. Kaepernick has no reason to play for anything less than what he perceives as his market value. He should have a job in the NFL right now, so it’s understandable if he doesn’t want to participate in the dog-and-pony show. 

But the longer Kaepernick sits, the further he fades from talent evaluators’ minds. His lack of recent football activity is probably the No. 1 reason why Bill Belichick wouldn’t want to bring him aboard.

Then again, the Patriots did look at Johnny Manziel last year. If Manziel is worth a look, why not Kap? 

Assuming, of course, this is only about football.