Colin Kaepernick is a name that has already been mentioned in relation to the Buccaneers, as the fit could be perfect for both parties.
For starters, Kaepernick also blows Blaine Gabbert’s stats out of the water. It isn’t even close. Kaepernick led a team to the Super Bowl and was one of the most accomplished scrambling quarterbacks of the past decade, and the narrative that he was subpar during his career is false in every account.
The next rebuttal that fans will rush to post is that he immediately becomes a locker room distraction on any team that signs him. If taking a knee during the National Anthem is seen as a distraction in 2020, then every team in the league will need to prepare for this.
The vast majority of the NFL is prepared to kneel this year, and to let a player of Kaepernick’s talent go to another team for something that is already going to happen in Tampa Bay makes no sense.
Even with his break from football considered, Gabbert coming off of an injury at the top of his game doesn’t inspire as much confidence as a healthy Kaepernick that will play with a renewed fire if given a chance to do so.
Kaepernick may not be as familiar with the system as Gabbert, but his skill set makes him a better candidate to play in Bruce Arians’ offense than the current backups.