Colin Kaepernick at a Michigan spring game in 2022. Apr 2, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Colin Kaepernick passes during halftime at the Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

If Colin Kaepernick ever does return to the NFL, he’ll have the support of Las Vegas Raiders team owner, Mark Davis.

Speaking to Monte Poole in an Interview with NBS Sports Bay Area and California, Davis voiced his support for Kapernick returning to the NFL. He even added that he’d be fine with Kaepernick on the Raiders.

“I believe in Colin Kaepernick,” Davis said. “And he deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League. I still stand by it. If our coaches and general manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms. I think Colin is a very misunderstood human being.”

Davis’ words drew a lot of support from fans of the Raiders.

There’s also a more cynical take that’s hard to ignore, regardless of what one’s feelings on Kaepernick are. Davis is the boss of an NFL team. Kaepernick has been out of the league for five straight seasons. If Davis supports him coming back to the NFL, how come the Raiders haven’t made that happen yet?

Kaepernick has been in the news recently for his throwing performance during Michigan’s spring game. He’s been linked to different teams in the weeks since that performance but has remained unsigned since the end of the 2016 season.

Kaepernick clearly still has arm strength. But given how long it’s been since he last played, it is fair to wonder how well he’d play against NFL competition. But given the number of below-average backup and even starting quarterbacks there are in the NFL, it’s also fair to wonder how much worse he could be.

The quarterback situation in Las Vegas is steady, with Derek Carr holding the starting position down. And while he’s not a good starter, Nick Mullens does represent a good backup option. So, the Raiders may not be the most natural fit. But if they brought Kaepernick in and gave him a chance to perform during the preseason, it would potentially open the door for an NFL return, even if that’s not with the Raiders.

[NBC Sports Bay Area & CA]

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