September 27, 2017

Report: Als ‘kicking the tires’ on Kaepernick

The Associated Press

MONTREAL — With former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick once again gaining headlines as the national anthem debate continues down south, his name was brought up following Montreal Alouettes practice Tuesday afternoon amid speculation that the former San Francisco quarterback could be on the Als’ negotiation list.

Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette reported that the Als have indeed shown an interest in reaching out to Kaepernick’s camp.

“He’s in the midst of some very important things,” Alouettes general manager and interim head coach Kavis Reed told the Gazette. “We understand there’s a movement going on around him. We’re doing our due diligence and making certain they know we want to see where he’s at. It’s a matter of kicking the tires at this stage.

“To me, he’s a very good player. Take all the movement stuff aside. He’s a young man that we feel has a very good football IQ. He has taken a team to a championship level. The talent’s there. As a GM, you have to look at the talent. It’s incumbent on us to explore it.”

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Kaepernick was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers 36th overall in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The 29-year-old dressed in three games in his rookie season, completing three of five passes for 35 yards. In 2012, Kaepernick suited up in 13 games, making seven starts. The completed 136 of 218 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

His best season was in 2013, where he started 16 games, completing 243 of 416 passes for 3,197 yards and 21 major scores. 2014 was much of the same, as Kaepernick started 16 games, throwing for 3,369 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2015, he started just eight games, tossing 1,615 yards and six touchdowns.

In 2016, his final season with the 49ers, Kaepernick played in 12 games and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and added 468 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.