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Should the 49ers sign Colin Kaepernick?

This Sunday, the dreaded injury cart took its next victim: a dejected Jimmy Garoppolo was shuttled off the field. The 49ers fear Garoppolo may have suffered from a serious ACL injury, which would mean the end of his season. The 49ers backup quarterback, C.J. Beathard, is now the only QB on the roster, leaving some fans wondering if Garoppolo’s injury might be the perfect opportunity for Colin Kaepernick to rejoin his old team. What do you think? 

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Could the stars be aligning? Kaepernick left the 49ers in early 2017, choosing to opt out of his contract. Kap has yet to be signed by any other team in the league since, stemming from the controversysurrounding Kaepernick's 2016 protests during the National Anthem. The 49ers new opening could just be the justice fans are eager for.

When Kaepernick left, his relationship with the team and GM John Lynch was still a positive one. USA Today’s Josh Peter reports that in March of 2017, Lynch had not ruled out an idea of a reunion with the QB. 

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Kaepernick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, but in the three years following, the team failed to even reach the playoffs. Although Kaepernick opted out of his contract, Lynch later went on record with Pro Football Talk saying the team planned to release Kap regardless. For the 49ers, 2016 served as a direction change, and there's no reason a 2018 injury should mean regression for the franchise.

Kyle Shanahan came on board as 49ers head coach in 2016, reportedly preferring to implement a very similar offense to what he’d run as offensive coordinator in Atlanta. As USA Today’s Josh Peter puts it:

Kaepernick is a bad fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offense because Kaepernick showed little development as a pocket passer and regressed after the 2013 Super Bowl, has completed less than 60 percent of his passes, struggles to get past his first read and, despite a great arm, has suspect touch.
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Kaepernick has been a hot topic since 2016, when he first began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. His latest partnership with Nike has put him back in the national spotlight, but behind the scenes, Kap has been busy filing a grievance against the NFL for collusion after remaining unsigned since his 2017 free agency.

By bringing Kaepernick back to the 49ers, the franchise has the chance to prove that the alleged blacklisting either no longer matters or never existed. Whether the team likes it or not, the move carries a heavy dose of social significance, and given fans’ excitement surrounding Kap’s partnership with Nike, the timing couldn’t be better.

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Though fans may rejoice at Kaepernick’s return to the NFL, his case against the league carries arguably much more weight than a single player’s contract. Although there’s no way to know if Kap would continue the case if signed, it may not be worth the risk of finding out. NBC Sports’ Ray Ratto weighs in:

[Kaepernick’s] collusion case against the league is frankly more important...There would be something dismaying in the notion that challenging the status quo and its naked power could be so easily neutralized….
Kaepernick has been playing for bigger stakes, namely to show (or fail in the attempt) that even at its most elemental level the NFL is not a meritocracy at all but just another company where the market can be fixed for an agreed-upon goal by men and women who ostensibly are supposed to be competing.
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