Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a nasty knee injury on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. As we await the results of an MRI, fans are speculating what the franchise could do at quarterback if he’s done for the season.
A few NFL analysts are suggesting that this could finally be the situation that lands Colin Kaepernick his next job. Kaepernick has been out of the league for three years after kneeling during the national anthem ahead of games to protest racial injustice in the United States.
Former NFL player Ross Tucker, who hosts a podcast these days, thinks that Andy Reid is “one of the few” coaches who wouldn’t be afraid to sign Kaepernick.
Don't think I've said this about any team/situation in 3 years but if Mahomes has surgery and is out for the year Andy Reid is one of the few coaches who wouldn't be afraid to sign Kaepernick AND could design a creative offense to best utilize his skillset.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) October 18, 2019
Andy Reid actually hired Chris Ault — Kaepernick's college coach at Nevada — as a consultant when he got the Chiefs job, to try and modernize his offense with spread concepts. Which helped set the table to get more out of Alex Smith, who played for Urban Meyer at Utah.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 18, 2019
Keyshawn Johnson also made the suggestion on Thursday night.
— stan verrett (@stanverrett) October 18, 2019
Of course, even if Reid was willing to take the chance, he’d have to get Chiefs ownership behind the move. That seems a little more daunting.
A few months back, Kaepernick took to social media to make it clear that he’s still in game shape and wants to be signed by an NFL team. We’ll see if the Chiefs show any interest.