Who Signs First: RGIII or Kaepernick?

Our Experts Analyze the Field for Two Free Agent QBs


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Who would have guessed that the two young shining stars of the 2013 NFL season would be hard pressed to find work, just 4 years later? That is exactly the case between Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III following last season. However, they are struggling to find jobs for very different reasons.

Kaepernick became the center of a national controversy, when he took a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness for the oppression of people of color in America. He sent shockwaves throughout the sports world and there is speculation that he is being blackballed by the owners of the league.

RGIII has struggled to hang on with two downtrodden franchises during the duration of his NFL career. He was once the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the Washington Redskins, but has since been out of a job after an injury riddled season in Cleveland.

While there have only been murmurs regarding the future on either of the veteran signal callers as of late, they have been named to have some interest. RGIII has been linked to the New York Jets since early March and Kaepernick has more recently been on a visit to the Seattle Seahawks headquarters.

Bottom Line: It is expected that Colin Kaepernick will sign with Seattle as a backup QB to Russell Wilson before RGIII eventually gets a call. RGIII will need to rely on an emergency situation most likely in order to be signed because of his injury riddled past. On the other hand, Kaepernick is only 29 years old and played with flashes of the old in 2016 and would thrive in a system like Pete Carroll’s. He would be able to man the same role in that offense as a bigger, faster version of Wilson.


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