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Cris Carter: Patriots could tab Colin Kaepernick as Tom Brady’s successor

Cris Carter came out with a scorching hot take during Friday’s edition of FS1’s “First Things First,” suggesting the New England Patriots conceivably could bring in Colin Kaepernick to be Tom Brady’s heir apparent.

Carter, explicitly stating he has no inside information and his thoughts are merely speculative, suggested Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s known fondness for Kaepernick makes such a move a possibility.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots looked at a guy like Kaep,” Carter said, as transcribed by CBS Boston. “I wouldn’t be surprised. I don’t have the intel that Peter King does, but I just think that they’ll do it a different way.

“I know that the Krafts are very, very fond of Colin Kaepernick. And I know that that situation that we’ve had, as far as the national anthem, they wish that we would’ve never gone down that road. I’m just saying outside the box, if someone will do it, it will be the people in New England.”

As Carter notes, Kraft has expressed support for Kaepernick since the quarterback entered NFL purgatory following the 2016 season. Just last November, Kraft said of Kaepernick: “I would very much like to see him in the league.” Yet, Kraft was evasive when directly asked if the Patriots have ever considered signing Kaepernick.

Tom Brady, meanwhile, has been less forthcoming about Kaepernick, saying in 2017 he has no idea whether the former 49ers quarterback is being blackballed by the NFL.

Brady, however, did express support for the unemployed signal-caller when Kaepernick’s controversial Nike ad debuted at the start of last season.

All that said, there’s been no indication the Patriots are seriously considering signing Kapernick. If there was an NFL team that would make such a bold move with no fear of controversy and/or backlash, though, it would be the dynastic Patriots.