The door may very well be closed on Colin Kaepernick playing quarterback in the NFL again. But it looks like he may have had an opportunity in coaching at one point.
According to ProFootballTalk, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh may have brought up Kaepernick as a potential QBs coach when he interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings job earlier this year. That coaching job would have been contingent on Kaepernick giving up on playing again.
Whether that idea upset turned the Vikings off from Harbaugh or not, we can only speculate. But the Vikings ultimately went with Kevin O’Connell instead of Harbaugh.
ProFootballTalk adamantly maintains that the league’s aversion to letting Kaepernick play again had nothing to do with the Vikings not hiring Harbaugh. But it does bring up the possibility of it being something Kaepernick might be interested in.
Jim Harbaugh continues to believe firmly in Colin Kaepernick. That connection was not a factor in the Vikings’ decision not hire Harbaugh. https://t.co/cqTCujN2GW
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 4, 2022
The battle for Colin Kaepernick to get back into the NFL has been a strange one to say the least. There have been lawsuits, public statements, public workouts and everything in between ever since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season.
Through it all, Jim Harbaugh has remained a strong supporter of Kaepernick. He was willing to let Kaepernick do a public workout during the recent Michigan spring game.
At some point Kaepernick’s NFL playing days have to come to an end. Perhaps a coaching career will start after that.
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