Bernstein: Bears Should Consider Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick has a workout scheduled in Atlanta on Saturday.

Dan Bernstein
November 13, 2019 - 1:30 pm
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(670 The Score) The NFL's sudden decision to offer quarterback Colin Kaepernick a league-sanctioned showcase in Atlanta on Saturday looks increasingly like a shallow stunt, one arranged to give commissioner Roger Goodell some kind of legal cover and/or public-relations bandage. If he really wanted a team to sign him, that kind of careful political pressure would've been applied internally and quietly, with a favor called in from one ownership friend or another. This doesn't quite pass the smell test, looking more like a way to insulate teams from the spectacle of flying him in on any given Tuesday.

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But this is apparently happening nonetheless, and it would be malpractice if the Bears were to avoid it.

Their situation at the position is a mess, with Mitchell Trubisky having regressed into a jangled bundle of frayed nerves that needs constant reassurance that everything is fine when it's clearly not. Chase Daniel is an expensive de facto assistant coach, here to be another supportive presence more than he's a viable quarterback, and Tyler Bray can't play either. He's only here because we're told he understands coach Matt Nagy's offense, which makes one person who does.

We're already well down the road of projecting potential veteran castoff competition for Trubisky next season, and evaluating Kaepernick in that regard is just good business, measuring him against the likes of Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater and others.

His time away from the league has nothing to do with whether he can play right now or in some reasonable immediate future, and as that time has passed so much of any potential controversy has ebbed. Most of the obtuse chuds decrying him never could explain sufficiently why they didn't like him in the first place, couldn't comprehend what he was actually even protesting or reconcile that his specific method was recommended by a former U.S. Army Green Beret. Even our most prominent tweeter of aggrieved invective has moved on to more pressing matters.

So by all means should a team in desperate need of quarterback help go get a long and complete look at someone who could potentially realize their goals. If speculation is true that the Bears feel they have to tread carefully or secretly so as not to upset Trubisky's fragile sense of self-confidence, then that is itself an obvious confirmation of a need to pursue all other options -- and as quickly and seriously as possible.

The Bears should be represented there Saturday, and the truth is that they should never have needed this silly circus to have already done their due diligence on Kaepernick without this kind of cynical grandstanding. A smart team would've done it on its own.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in midday. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan_Bernstein.