NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on ESPN that he would “support a club” making the decision to sign Colin Kaepernick, who was blackballed from the league following his public protest against police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem before games — an action that many others would adopt as well.
“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.”
Should the Giants be that team to pursue Kaepernick?
The Athletic’s Mike Sando believes Big Blue should be in Kaepernick’s market, as he broke down every team’s roster to decide who should and shouldn’t be going after him this offseason.
Of course, Daniel Jones is the team’s franchise quarterback, but Kaepernick could rival his backup: Colt McCoy. The veteran was just signed this offseason to backup Jones, with the Giants pointing to his years as a backup with the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins as a valuable asset.
But what if Jones does get hurt (knock on wood), and McCoy is set to come in? McCoy has gotten starts in seven games in the last five seasons, winning just one of them in 2014.
Yes, Kaepernick hasn’t been in the league since 2016, so who really knows what to expect? But he certainly knows how to win in this league, owning a 28-30 career record compared to McCoy’s 7-21 mark. Kaepernick’s ability to use his legs is also an advantage when you compare the two signal-callers.
If the Giants really were interested in bringing Kaepernick in, making sure he is in game-shape is paramount. Every team looking into him will likely want to bring him in for a workout — we’ll see if that is even allowed under current coronavirus protocols — to see just how in shape he is.
A media whirlwind awaits a team that signs him, too. In the New York market, the Giants would have to expect even more journalists and cameramen than they already credential to be all over the Kaepernick story, so having that “distraction” in the locker room would likely factor into any decision made.
But on the other hand, Kaepernick is known for being a great teammate during his playing days and he helped lead his Niners team to a Super Bowl appearance back in 2012. Having that experience on the field and his obvious activism and leadership off the field would be a great locker room asset.