Jets Won't Chase Colin Kaepernick to Replace Aaron Rodgers

CBS Sports' Josina Anderson reports that the Jets have ruled out pursuing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Aaron Rodgers' season-ending Achilles injury.

NFL insider Jordan Schultz said Tuesday that Kaepernick's agent has contacted the Jets about a relocation to New York.

At this point, Kaepernick's NFL return appears unlikely. In November, he turns 36 and hasn't played since 2016.

In October 2017, Kaepernick sued the NFL, alleging owners worked together to keep him out for his social activism. The matter was settled in 2019 for him and his colleague Eric Reid.

Once, Kaepernick could compete with—if not outperform—league backups. That case is harder to make after his long absence.

Since Zach Wilson is the only healthy quarterback, New York will add someone with Rodgers out for the year. The front office must choose between middling options without a Hail Mary.

Kaepernick couldn't be worse than Carson Wentz, who could be heading to his fourth team in four years, or Philip Rivers or Matt Ryan, who could retire. Jets will not recover.

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