The Texans are in need of a quarterback. Tom Savage, who lost his job to Watson over the summer, started last Sunday’s 20-14 loss to the Colts, going 19-of-44 for 219 yards and a touchdown.
Most of those yards, however, came on the final two drives of the game.
They need to explore options, and one of those is Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick has been unemployed after opting-out of his contract with the 49ers in the spring and has yet to find a new place to call home.
Many people believe this is because, during the 2016 NFL preseason, it was Kaepernick who sparked the league-wide protest by taking a knee during the national anthem.
In fact, Kaepernick filed a Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion last month, which said the league and its owners: “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”
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Days after the Colts loss, Houston head coach Bill O’Brien was specifically asked if he and general manager Rick Smith had discussed bringing in Kaepernick.
“Oh, yeah. Everybody gets discussed. Is that a problem?” O’Brien said. “Isn’t that the way most teams do it? People seem shocked by that.”
But there’s more to it. That same month, ESPN reported that at an owners meeting, Texans’ owner Bob McNair said: “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in response to the player protests. He received widespread criticism for his comments, which were viewed as insensitive.
The following Sunday, the majority of Houston’s roster stood during the anthem.
O’Brien was then asked if Texans ownership would actually sign Kaepernick if the coach wanted him.
He didn’t address the question directly, but did say that Kaepernick is “a good football player.”
The question now, as the season is at its halfway point and injuries will become more frequent, is if Kaepernick will actually be brought onto a team or if he burned too many NFL bridges for anyone to take a chance on him.
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