Why the Colts Should Sign Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick has failed to find a home this offseason, but the Colts should at least take a look at him.

I know, I know, I know…

Every NFL fan is sick of the Colin Kapernick story that has been beaten to death all offseason long.

However, the Colts are in dire need of an upgrade at backup quarterback with Andrew Luck‘s future looking murkier each day.

The Colts can’t feel comfortable starting Scott Tolzien or Stephen Morris against a tough Rams defense in Week 1 if Luck is not healthy.

Say what you want about Colin Kaepernick off-the-field, he has proven to be one of the top 32 QB’s in the league. He would be a significant upgrade over either of the Colts’ current options at backup QB.

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Tolzien and Morris have combined for three career NFL starts, whereas Kaepernick has started 58 games.

Tolzien has thrown 2 career touchdowns opposed to 7 interceptions, and Kaepernick had a 16:4 TD-to-INT ratio last season.

Tolzien is a much cheaper option, but the Colts have around $17 million in cap room available heading into the 2017 season.

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Kaepernick declined a $17 million option on his contract to leave the 49ers this offseason, but he probably won’t be asking for much more than $5 million on a one-year-deal.

The Colts lost 7-28 against the Steelers in Tolzien’s only start last season, and reports out of training camp have not been flattering for the 30-year-old career backup.

The Colts need to give themselves a chance to win if Andrew Luck is out if they want to be in the playoff race when he comes back. With Tolzien or Morris behind center this is one of the league’s worst teams, but Kaepernick’s skill set is tough to gameplan against and the Colts should give him a look.