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Is Colin Kaepernick a Fit for the Chargers?

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Following the recent surge of the Black Lives Matter movement, there have been some murmurs about the possibility of Colin Kaepernick finally making his return to the NFL.

Though there isn’t a confirmed name behind the source, it has become known that “some” teams have shown interest in considering signing the former 2012-2013 NFC Champion, Colin Kaepernick.

There haven’t been many teams named yet that are actually linked to Colin, but one of them was the Los Angeles Chargers.

Does this come as a surprise? No, not if you do your homework on the NFL, at least.

Some may not have known that the Chargers are the only team in the NFL with an African-American head coach and starting quarterback. This, hypothetically, would be an ideal scheme fit. Not only would Kaepernick be able to make a short trip over to LA, considering his history with the west coast, but his style of play would perfectly fit Anthony Lynn and Tyrod Taylor’s ideal offense.

Colin’s stats are not something to ignore. Regardless of his one bad year under Coach Chip Kelly, he still was consistent over the course of his career.

On top of rushing for over 500 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first full season in 2013, he threw for over 3000 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions that year.

His 2014 season he once again flourished by putting up over 4000 yards from scrimmage, with 20 touchdowns (1 rushing) and 10 interceptions.

Kaepernick is extremely effective outside the pocket, and Lynn thrives with quarterbacks like that. Lynn and Tyrod were previously paired together on the Buffalo Bills where Tyrod played the best years of his career. So, schematically, this would work well.

We know that neither Colin nor Tyrod is the plan for the future in Los Angeles, considering they just drafted Oregon phenom Justin Herbert, but he could easily be plugged in a win-now system surrounded by a plethora of former All-Pro players such as Keenan Allen, Derwin James, Joey Bosa, Trai Turner, Brian Bulaga, Melvin Ingram, and Chris Harris. The surrounding cast for the Bolts is phenomenal.

Colin Kaepernick definitely has the talent to be in the NFL, this is something that can’t be argued. The odds of this actually happening are not realistic, considering we have had this conversation for a few years now and nothing has ever really surfaced, even following his private workout the NFL gave him.

This is worth discussion within the Chargers organization and it will be intriguing to see how this all plays out.

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