Jim Harbaugh: NFL team that signs Colin Kaepernick ‘will be very happy’
Even though NFL teams’ interest in signing Colin Kaepernick is believed to have significantly increased of late, there have not yet been any takers, let alone even an offer of a formal workout.
Jim Harbaugh continues to believe every NFL team in need of a quarterback is making a huge mistake by not taking a chance on the perceptively exiled quarterback.
“My personal opinion and really advice to NFL teams is, there’s only one way to answer these questions, one way to find out, and that’s Colin signs somewhere,” Harbaugh said during a recent ESPN interview, as transcribed by 247Sports. “My advice is he’d be worth your time and that NFL team will be very happy.”
Harbaugh, who of course has had a relationship with Kaepernick going back to their time together with the San Francisco 49ers, has frequently expressed his support for the quarterback. It’s hardly a surprise Harbaugh continues to do so.
“Colin Kaepernick is a friend, he’s a brother, he’s a great teammate. I love Colin,” Harbaugh said. “I think he’s an unbelievably talented football player.”
The renewed interest in Kaepernick of course comes amid the fallout of George Floyd’s death on May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody, along with other recent high-profile incidents of police misconduct.
Given Kaepernick’s evident banishment from the NFL stemmed from his kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, the fact that the league is belatedly rallying around social justice causes has again raised his profile.
The league’s response to the public outcry over systemic racism — not to mention the efforts regarding the same by of a number of teams — involved NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issuing a video statement last month in which he said the league was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”
During his time away from the gridiron, Kaepernick has continued his commitment to activism against social injustice, something highlighted by a controversial “Just Do It” ad campaign from Nike that launched near the beginning of the 2018 NFL season.
It remains to be seen whether Kaepernick does indeed get another chance in the NFL. The support from the likes of Harbaugh — not to mention the years-long backing of league players — just might finally tip the scales in Kaepernick’s favor, however.