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Now that Colin Kaepernick and the NFL have settled their long-disputed collusion case, it is possible we see Kaepernick and his dual-threat quarterback play back in the NFL.
His return to the NFL has been a hot-button topic since he last played in the league back in 2016, but it now seems like a real possibility. Let's take a look at four NFL teams that could benefit from putting politics aside and adding the explosive quarterback to their roster.
4. Washington Redskins
Since Robert Griffin III's Rookie-of-the-Year season back in 2012, the Redskins have made the playoffs just once and Kirk Cousins, the quarterback who led them there, is now playing his football for the Vikings.
Alex Smith got off to a decent start last year, but after breaking his leg in a gruesome injury, his playing future is uncertain. It would be rather poetic if Kaepernick rebooted his career the same way it started, on the heels of another Alex Smith injury. They have Case Keenum as the presumed starter and Colt McCoy as the backup. Kaepernick is better than both of them when he's on.
3. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins might have the worst quarterback situation in the entire NFL. They recently signed inconsistent 36-year-old veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick after trading away former starter Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans. That leaves Luke Falk and Jake Rudock, who have just five combined career NFL passing attempts, as the only other quarterbacks on the roster.
The Dolphins are expected to try and find their quarterback of the future in this year's draft, but why not take a chance on Kaepernick in 2019?
2. Carolina Panthers
Although starting quarterback Cam Newton has only missed four starts since his MVP season back in 2015, he has played through a ton of injuries. The Panthers should look to bring in Kaepernick to backup Newton, assuming Newton will be healthy to start the season after suffering a debilitating shoulder injury last year.
Kaepernick, who has 13 career rushing touchdowns, has a similar playing style to Newton. Perhaps actually resting Cam when he gets injured would give him a chance to fully recover. The Panthers current backup QB is Tyler Heinicke.
1. Houston Texans
Coming out of the 2017 NFL Draft, there were already questions around Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson's durability. Although he played all 16 games coming off of his 2017 ACL tear, he was sacked a league-high 62 times. The Texans should look to bring it Kaepernick as an insurance policy behind Watson, who shares Kaep's dual-threat abilities. Brandon Weeden is the current backup in Houston.