Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made an appearance on PFT Live Tuesday morning, and naturally he got questions about Colin Kaepernick. The free agent quarterback reportedly was close to a deal with an unknown team, but nothing otherwise has leaked suggesting he has visited with anybody.
Harbaugh said that teams have reached out to him asking his opinion of Kaepernick. He thinks the quarterback still has all the tools he displayed in 2012 and 2013, and thinks teams should sign him
“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player.”
Harbaugh addressed the issue that often applies with quarterbacks, which is a lack of patience. He said that a team willing to work with Kaepernick and emphasize his physical tools will win multiple Super Bowls. He thinks
Harbaugh said he thinks NFL teams aren’t as patient as they need to be in developing quarterbacks, and he thinks a smart team will take the time to work with Kaepernick to make the most of his physical tools. That team, Harbaugh believes, will win multiple Super Bowls, saying that with the right team, Kaepernick will, “have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”
Harbaugh is known to occasionally embellish his thoughts, but the point I agree with is that Kaepernick in the right situation can do a lot of big things for a team. I don’t think he is a guy who will consistently raise up lesser talent around him. His greatest success came with a dominant defense and offensive line, coupled with some solid skill position targets, and of course Frank Gore. He made a lot of huge plays for those teams, but having the surrounding cast was big.
Kaepernick has shown he can put a team on his shoulders from time-to-time, but not on a week in and week out basis. I think that is more than enough to justify giving him a chance over someone like Josh McCown, but for now he has to wait and see what free agency might bring.
Ian Rapoport thinks that his market might pick up after the draft, once teams have a better handle on their quarterback position. I’m skeptical given the context of Kaepernick’s situation, but given some of the veteran names still on the market, we’ll see what happens over the next couple months.