Would the Philadelphia Eagles sign Colin Kaepernick? With Nate Sudfeld out for likely six to eight weeks, the team is in dire need of a backup quarterback.
Head coach Doug Pederson has repeatedly said the Eagles are moving ahead with Cody Kessler until Sudfeld returns. They also have rookie quarterback Clayton Thorson sitting behind Kessler. However, the fourth-year quarterback hasn’t had much success in the NFL. Meanwhile, Kaepernick wants to come back and play, plus he once led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl.
Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor was asked a direct question about signing Kaepernick and had an interesting response.
“I don’t know if I can speak to Colin Kaepernick as a quarterback right now. I’m more focused on the guys we have in the building right now,” Taylor told 6abc.
Taylor added that any possible move to ink Kaepernick would have to start with an evaluation process. And the Eagles aren’t there yet.
“Again, I couldn’t say I have evaluated his film recently and I’m just continuing to focus on the guys we have here,” Taylor said.
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Nate Sudfeld Wants to Return in Six Weeks
Nate Sudfeld was out on the practice field Saturday morning sporting a brand new sling. The backup quarterback has been put on a six to eight-week recovery timetable after undergoing surgery on his broken left wrist Friday.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson reiterated the team doesn’t intend to bring in any additional veteran quarterbacks.
“Right now, we are going to continue with who we have,” Pederson said. “We are comfortable with Cody (Kessler) and we will get Clayton (Thorson) more work. Again, with Nate, this is not a season-ending injury, so we are excited about that.”
Kaepernick Makes Pitch for NFL Return
Kaepernick put the internet — and the entire football world — on notice Wednesday when he posted a video on social media. In it, he stated he had been denied work for “889 days” and proved he was still in great shape by showing an intense workout regimen which included him lifting weights, doing pullups and pulldowns and stretching with headphones on. Kaepernick starts his workouts at 5 a.m. and does them five days a week, per his post.
Kaepernick, of course, sued the NFL for collusion and won after teams refused to sign the free agent following the controversy surrounding his decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. The 49ers threatened to release the quarterback in 2017, but Kaepernick chose to opt-out of his contract instead. San Francisco general manager John Lynch later confirmed (via Pro Football Talk) that the 49ers had intended to part ways with him either way.
“I think we’ve been very upfront with it. Yes, he was not going to be here under the construct of his contract,” Lynch said. “We gave him the option, ‘You can opt out, we can release you, whatever.’ And he chose to opt-out, but that was just a formality.”