The Washington Redskins were in a tough situation with their quarterbacks. After their number 1 and 2 players both experienced season ending injuries, they considered bringing in controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a tryout.
Coach Jay Gruden admitted on Tuesday that he and his staff considered the move and then rejected the idea. Gruden told a local news source that they gave some thought to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, but it didn’t take them much time to reject the notion.
“He’s been talked about and discussed, but we will probably go a different direction,” Gruden said according to Pro Football Talk.
The Washington Redskins gave workouts to several candidates including EJ Manuel, Kellen Clemens, Mark Sanchez, Josh Johnson, and T.J. Yates. But, they did not bring in Kaepernick.
The Skins eventually signed Mark Sanchez for the role as backup. Then the team also lost Colt McCoy after he fractured his right leg this week. So Sanchez ended up as the starter.
Colin Kaepernick became a free agent at the end of the 2016 season but has not found a team to sign him since. He claims the league has blackballed him because he spent the entirety of his last season protesting during the playing of the national anthem.
Kaepernick also filed a collusion case against the NFL claiming that league officials and team owners “colluded” to keep him from pursuing his NFL career after spending 2016 protesting during the anthem. In August, an arbitrator approved the case and ruled that it could continue to trial.
Do you think the Redskins should have given Kaepernick a tryout for the team? Or do you think they made a wise move to dismiss the opportunity? Do you think a team will eventually sign the former quarterback? We look forward to seeing your comments at the end of this article.