Chargers HC Anthony Lynn: “Crazy” To Not Have Colin Kaepernick On Workout List


Per ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick is on the team’s workout list at quarterback. 

“It would be crazy to not have him on your workout list,” Lynn said via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. 

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Lynn added the two sides haven’t had contact and there’s nothing imminent but Kaepernick would fit their system if they needed to replace a quarterback due to injury.

“I haven’t talked to him. He fits the style of quarterback that we want. We’re happy with the three quarterbacks that we want but you can’t have enough on the runway,” Lynn said via the AP’s Joe Reedy.

The Chargers are projected to go into 2020 with veteran QB Tyrod Taylor as the starter while first-round QB Justin Herbert gets up to speed. Los Angeles also has 2019 fifth-round QB Easton Stick to round out the quarterback room. 

The Chargers were one of the teams frequently connected to QB Cam Newton, but Lynn has repeatedly said they have full confidence in Taylor as a starter. After spending the No. 6 overall pick on Herbert, it’s clear the team views him as its quarterback of the future as well and wouldn’t want to take away from his development. 

However, if any of the three were to suffer an injury, it’s notable for Lynn to reveal that Kaepernick would be considered as a replacement. 

There’s been an increase in momentum for Kaepernick to potentially return to the NFL, as he has remained unsigned since taking a knee during the national anthem to protest systematic racism and police brutality in the United States. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said recently he would support and encourage a team to sign Kaepernick

Last year, the NFL set up a workout between teams and Kaepernick. It was later moved to a Georgia high school after Kaepernick and his team made the decision to relocate the workout.

Seven teams including the 49ers, Eagles, Chiefs, Jets, Redskins, Lions and Titans made the trip and attended the session. However, nothing ever materialized between Kaepernick and a team last season. 

Kaepernick, 32, is a former second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed when reached an agreement with the 49ers on a restructured deal that allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

The Seahawks showed interest in bringing Kaepernick in for a visit before later canceling the meeting altogether.

Kaepernick last appeared in an NFL game back in 2016 when he completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while adding 468 yards rushing and two touchdowns. 

We’ll have more regarding Kaepernick as the news is available.

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