On Tuesday, Durant shared an image of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on his Instagram story, and he made sure to mention @redskins, the team he fell in love with as a kid growing up in Prince George’s County. Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he made national headlines for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games to call attention to the issues of racial inequality and police brutality against African Americans.
After Smith broke his leg against the Texans, the Redskins mentioned Sanchez’s familiarity with several coaches on Washington’s staff among the reasons they signed the veteran, who last appeared in a game in 2016, to back up Colt McCoy. McCoy fractured his right fibula in Monday’s 28-13 loss to the Eagles, putting the Redskins in the market for a backup quarterback once again.
Would they consider Kaepernick, who filed a collusion grievance against the league in October alleging an organized effort by teams to keep him off a roster as a result of his protests?
“He’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go in a different direction,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
Gruden added that the Redskins were looking to find a quarterback with a skill-set similar to McCoy’s and who was familiar with Washington’s offensive concepts.
“Not that Colin can’t do some of the things I’m talking about,” Gruden said. “But somebody with a little bit of familiarity. Sanchez being with [offensive coordinator Matt] Cavanaugh helped out a lot. Sanchez’s experience in a pro-style offense helped out a lot.”
One would think Kaepernick could grasp Gruden’s offense relatively quickly. After all, he was Smith’s backup in San Francisco in 2012 before replacing Smith as the starter late in the season and leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl, a place neither Manuel nor Clemens has been.
Durant, who in 2017 said he hoped the Redskins would sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal, is a big supporter of Kaepernick’s. In January, Durant and Warriors teammate Stephen Curry agreed to match separate $10,000 contributions that Kaepernick made to two Bay Area community organizations.
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