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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer predicts Patriots or Panthers will sign his client

Colin Kaepernick

Was the settlement between Colin Kaepernick and the NFL the first step in the quarterback’s return to the field? It sounds like that may be the case.

Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos was on CNN Saturday and predicted that a team will step up and sign his client. He named the Carolina Panthers, whose starter Cam Newton is coming off shoulder surgery, as one contender. He mentioned the New England Patriots as another possibility.

Geragos mentioned a third team as a possibility, saying Kaepernick’s former coach could be interested. That one is harder to figure out considering both Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly are back in college, though he may be talking about one of the assistants.

What would make the Panthers a fit? They already showed a willingness to look beyond the kneeling by signing Eric Reid, plus they could use a solid backup with Newton returning from his shoulder injury. The Patriots have also shown a great willingness in the past to sign controversial players, like Tim Tebow and Chad Johnson to name a few. If anyone can keep the media in line and handle the situation well, it’s Bill Belichick. But would they want that when they’re coming off a Super Bowl win? Maybe not.

Kaepernick’s return will be highly intriguing. He has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season and on Friday announced that he had settled his collusion case with the league.

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