Colin Kaepernick could be an inexepensive free agent that could help the Houston Texans in 2017.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Friday that Kaepernick will opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and become a free agent.
"San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be opting out of his contract, according to a source, becoming a free agent."
The question is, with Kaepernick hitting the open market this offseason, should the Texans sign him to compete with Tom Savage and Brock Osweiler?
Kaepernick hasn’t been great since former Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh left for Michigan, but I think he showed enough in 2016 to believe that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien could work with him enough to get Houston’s offense running a lot smoother than it did this past season.
One thing we know about Kapernick is that he has the talent to play at a high level in the NFL. The problem is that he has to be under the right coach that can get the most out of him. I’m not sure if any quarterback in the NFL can flourish in every system. A good coach will tailor his offense to fit his quarterback.
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As much as people want to criticize Kaepernick for his overall play over the last two years, his numbers in 2016 weren’t bad at all. He threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 starts. Kaepernick also rushed for 468 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry and his longest run was 30 yards.
That’s not bad at all for a quarterback who’s number one receiver was Torrey Smith and didn’t have a strong defense to lean on.
I can’t imagine that Kaepernick would struggle under O’Brien with all of the weapons the Texans have at the wide receiver position as well as a defense that will keep Houston in every game.
The big question is, can the Texans afford Kaepernick? My guess is he’ll get a contract that will pay him around $10-12 million next season. I’m not sure they will want to pay that much for another quarterback right now.