Saints WR may be trying to recruit Colin Kaepernick in 2022

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Colin Kaepernick and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jalen McCleskey reportedly worked out together this offseason, fueling rumors that Kaepernick could come back to the NFL.

Despite the fact that Kaepernick does seemingly deserve a second chance in the league, the Saints should not consider him as a viable starting or backup quarterback.

The 34-year-old last stepped onto the field in 2016 during the height of his protests against racial injustice and has since been blackballed by the league. Kaepernick reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the NFL in 2019 after alleging the league colluded to exile him, but he has recently been posting workout videos and expressing his desire to play football again.

After Kaepernick publicly worked out with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, McCleskey reached out and suggested that the two of them play in NOLA.

No harm, no foul?

New Orleans Saints WR Jalen McCleskey invites Colin Kaepernick to NOLA

Here’s a sneak peek at Kaepernick and McCleskey getting in some reps before the start of the 2022 season:

Quarterback drama has so far defined this year’s offseason with Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield, and more recently, Matt Ryan finding new teams for 2022.

The Saints nearly made a deal with the devil to bring on Watson, but now that Watson has landed in Cleveland, New Orleans can keep its soul. On Monday, Jameis Winston signed a two-year, $28 million dollar deal with NOLA to secure his future on the team for 2022 and 2023.

Despite still playing against Tom Brady’s Bucs this upcoming season, New Orleans shouldn’t run into too much trouble against the Falcons or the Panthers. Atlanta recently signed Marcus Mariota and lost of most of their quality wide receivers; the Panthers remain in rebuilding mode with more than a few questions at quarterback (Baker….?). With Ryan heading to Indianapolis, we can cautiously call Jameis Winston the second-best QB in the NFC South which…isn’t saying much.

All of this to say no, the Saints are not interested in Colin Kaepernick as a quarterback option, and in 2022 Kaepernick’s window of re-entering the league seems tightly shut and closed.

Had a top wideout like Michael Thomas invited Kaepernick to the Big Easy, fans may have more reason to worry, but McCleskey’s and Kaepernick’s workout seems harmless for the most part.

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Move aside, Kaepernick. It’s Jameis Winston time now.