Since his decision to opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers on March 1, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent, there’s been no shortage of opinions on whether or not quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be signed by a team in need of another option at the position. With training camps set to begin at the end of this month, Kaepernick remains unsigned.
On Wednesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians offered his thoughts on Kaepernick’s situation, telling Pro Football Talk Live that he believes the quarterback can still play in the league if he finds the “right fit” from a scheme standpoint. The Cardinals signed former 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who made five starts last season, as a free agent in early May.
“He can play in the right system,” Arians said on Pro Football Talk Live. “He’s proven that. When he was with (former 49ers offensive coordinator) Greg Roman, that system fit him perfectly. He’s a read-option, athletic guy. He can throw it down the field with the play-action passes. He struggled against us in the past out of the pocket. It’s just finding the right fit.”
Kaepernick played in 12 games for the 49ers last season, making 11 starts, completing 59.2 percent of his pass attempts and throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 468 yards and two touchdowns on 69 carries, with the rushing yards being the third-most Kaepernick’s rushed for in a single season in his career.
Kaepernick played just once against the Cardinals in 2016, completing 17 of his 30 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
In seven career games against the Cardinals, Kaepenick’s teams were 4-3, with the quarterback completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 1,564 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. In those games, Kaepernick also rushed for a total of 265 yards and two touchdowns on 47 attempts.