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At 1-8 and finally going to Dwayne Haskins, Redskins shouldn’t even consider Colin Kaepernick

At 1-8 and finally going to Dwayne Haskins, Redskins shouldn’t even consider Colin Kaepernick

After Alex Smith and Colt McCoy both broke their legs in a one-month period of 2018, calling Colin Kaepernick would have made sense for the Redskins.

The team didn’t do that, though they publicly claimed Kaepernick got consideration, and instead went with the terrible combination of Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson at quarterback as their playoff hopes vanquished.

Last year, the Redskins has a real chance at the playoffs going into December and strong quarterback play might have delivered January football. There was a real and simple case for the organization to bring in Kaepernick to play quarterback.

This year, that is just not the case.

The NFL has arranged a workout for Kaepernick this Saturday and all teams are welcome to send representatives. Famously out of the NFL since 2016 after his protests became a national issue, Kaepernick claimed via Twitter that he’s in great shape and has been waiting three years for this opportunity.

While that’s good news for Kaepernick and perhaps a sign of growth for the NFL, for the Redskins, it’s not particularly relevant.

Washington is 1-8 and about to start the second half of a lost season. Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan finally made the decision to start Dwayne Haskins for the remainder of the year, and that’s the only logical move for the team.

The Redskins drafted Haskins 15th overall this year and it’s high time for his arrival. Sure, there will likely be bumps along the road, but it’s now Haskins’ team for the considerable future. A first-round quarterback needs time to grow, mature, and eventually turn potential to promise.

Bringing in Kaepernick now would make no sense.

The team already has two veteran QBs on the roster in McCoy and Case Keenum. Even if Kaepernick is better than both players, and there’s an easy case that he is, it would be an unnecessary distraction in a locker room that’s already had plenty.

Haskins, a rookie with just one year of starting experience on the college level, has already seen his first NFL head coach fired after Week 5. If that wasn’t enough, Haskins’ locker sits next to Trent Williams, who held out for the first half of the year amid lost trust in the organization due to a cancer scare. Williams eventually returned, failed a physical because he couldn’t wear a helmet, and now the team has placed him on the NFI list ending his season.

Haskins has already seen a lot for a rookie quarterback trying to figure out life in the NFL. The addition of Kaepernick would be anything but helpful, even if the 32-year-old passer was content with a backup job. And so far there is zero indication that’s the case.

One other factor - Alex Smith is still owed more than $20 million for the 2020 season. Whether or not he plays. He’s still rehabbing from his serious injury last November, and while plenty believe Smith will never play in the NFL again, it’s not a certainty the Redskins front office agrees.

In 2018, when the team still had a winning record and nobody but Sanchez to play quarterback, bringing in Colin Kaepernick made sense.

That would have been a sound football decision.

In 2019, at 1-8 and finally in position to turn over the team to a potential franchise quarterback in Haskins, bringing in Kaepernick makes no sense.

If this is a football decision, the Redskins should not even be involved.

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    Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

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    Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

    NEW YORK  -- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

    In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

    "For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

    Kaepernick's lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

    Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

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    Kevin Durant encourages Redskins to sign Colin Kaepernick

    Kevin Durant encourages Redskins to sign Colin Kaepernick

    Kevin Durant had one piece of advice for the Washington Redskins on Tuesday: 

    Sign Colin Kaepernick.

    The Warriors star, who grew up in Maryland, posted a photo of Kaepernick on his Instagram account on Tuesday with the caption "@Redskins." 

    Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Tuesday that the team didn't plan on signing Kaepernick - "strictly football" reasons.

    "He's been talked about and discussed but we will probably go a different direction," Gruden said. 

    Durant, a longtime Redskins fan, told The Mercury News last year that Kaepernick's decision to take a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and societal inequality led to his own epiphanny.

    "He brought something out of people that they’d been hiding for a long, long time that needed to be revealed," Durant said. "I’d rather you tell me that you don’t like me because of my skin than hide that (stuff). So he kind of touched a nerve and the outrage from it made me a fan of him just because he decided to take all that on, but also tell a message of, 'Yo man. Just treat us fair, treat us equal, we’re people too. We’re not less than you because we don’t look like you.'"

    Kaepernick has been unsigned since March 2017. 

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