5 reasons the Raiders may have passed on signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 26: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders looks to the scoreboard during the third quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Reason no. 3 the Raiders didn’t sign Colin Kaepernick

This also is not saying that Derek Carr directly had anything to do with Kaepernick not getting signed this week. But the fact of the matter is Carr has had a rollercoaster of a career with the Raiders and his position as the quarterback of the Raiders is constantly under scrutiny.

Whenever Carr has a rough game or the Raiders lose in an embarrassing fashion (it happens) the fans and critics call for his job. The last two seasons anytime Carr struggled the media called for Mariota to step in; if Kaepernick was on the roster it’s likely the public would clamor for him to take the field.

Based on how long it has been since Kaepernick was behind the center it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think fans would hope to see him play regardless of how Carr is performing.

With the workout this week in May McDaniels told the media that he did not notify Carr about the workout opportunity presented to Kaepernick. McDaniels emphasized that Carr is cemented as the quarterback of the Raiders.

It would not be unrealistic to assume that if Kaepernick joined Carr in the quarterback room that Carr may be looking behind his back constantly to make sure he isn’t being unseated as the de facto leader of the team.

Because we know backup Nick Mullens likely won’t be taking his spot, but who knows how Kaepernick could look. I

s there a chance Kaepernick would be a better option than Carr? Not likely, but he does bring his mobility and speed, similar to Mariota, that could be useful.

While he should always be worried about losing his job in order to stay competitive and continue to work hard, should McDaniels begin his first season with Carr in this fashion?