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Colin Kaepernick NFL rumors: Raiders, Patriots

Colin Kaepernick. (Photo; Getty Images)

Embattled and controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick might be suiting up for an NFL team once again. 

On Wednesday, Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos hinted to TMZ that the 30-year-old could be signed within the next 10 days or so. 

As for the teams, it is believed that the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots are the two teams showing the most interest in Kaepernick. 

The former San Francisco 49ers star has been out of the league since 2016 when he was released shortly after recovering from a shoulder injury and controversially kneeling during the national anthem. 

His demonstration, which was to bring awareness of police brutality towards people of color, sparked a movement that has divided the United States since as lines have been drawn between his supporters and those who believe he is disrespecting the nation. 

Kaepernick has become the poster child for the movement but has not been able to secure a job in the NFL since. He recently made headlines for becoming the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign where he appears in a black and white photo with the caption, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

While he experienced a drop in play that many attributed to his shoulder injury, Kaepernick still led the 49ers to an NFC title in 2013 before falling in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. 

In 69 career games, he has completed almost 60-percent of his passes for 12,271 passing yards, 2,300 rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns. He also possesses an impressive touchdowns-to-interceptions ration of 72-to-30. 

His inability to be signed by an NFL team led Kaepernick to believe that he was being blackballed by league owners, prompting him to sue the NFL and accuse them of collusion. Geragos is representing Kaepernick. 

The accusations would obviously lose a significant amount of steam should Kaepernick be signed to an NFL franchise. The Patriots and Raiders could use a serious upgrade at the backup quarterback spot. 

Why would the Patriots, Raiders want Colin Kaepernick?

In New England, Tom Brady is being backed up by Brian Hoyer, who has proven with the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns that he cannot win games as a starter. 

For the Raiders, AJ McCarron is holding the clipboard behind Derek Carr. The 28-year-old has played in just 11 games since being drafted in 2014 and lacks any sort of in-game experience at the professional level should anything happen to Carr. 

Kaepernick would at least stabilize the depth chart for either franchise should anything happen to their No. 1 passers. However, his signing will be met with very extreme reactions from both ends of the spectrum. 

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