Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said on Wednesday that his team hasn’t reached out to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but that “it would be crazy to not have him on your workout list.”
Lynn told reporters he’s “very confident and happy” with the Chargers’ current outlook at the QB position — veteran Tyrod Taylor, 2020 sixth-overall pick Justin Herbert, and third-stringer Easton Stick — but cautioned that teams “can never have too many people waiting on the runway.”
Kaepernick, 32, hasn’t played an NFL game since the 2016 season — a year during which he knelt during the national anthem every Sunday to peacefully protest issues of racial inequality and police brutality across the United States.
After opting out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, Kaepernick has remained unsigned, watching as multiple teams filled QB openings with players whose stat lines and experience fall far inferior to his own.
Lynn’s comments come just a few days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg he would welcome, support and encourage a team to sign Kaepernick, a QB known for his mobility — a style that would suit the Chargers, should they decide to approach him.
During his five seasons as the 49ers’ starter, Kaepernick led San Francisco to back-to-back NFC West titles, two NFC Championship games and to the Super Bowl in 2012.