With Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer predicting that his client would be signed by an NFL team by November 10th, lots of folks had their eyes peeled for potential teams.
One team, supposedly, has been mulling the idea over in their minds about the possibility of adding the quarterback.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, there’s been some chatter in the Texans’ building about “whether or not” they should take a look at Kaepernickto Deshaun Watson last Thursday.
This doesn’t mean the Texans are going to sign him, or even him to tryouts, but it does mean that the Texans are aware of the fact that they are in a desperate situation when it comes to their quarterback position. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Kaepernick on Monday and he didn’t deny anything concerning the quarterback’s relevance in their team discussions.
“We talk about the roster and what’s out there every day,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Everybody gets discussed. Is that a problem? Don’t most teams do it like that?”
With Watson out of the picture, Tom Savage was Houston’s starter against the Colts on Sunday and he looked pretty bad in the Texan’s 20-14 loss.
Savage completed a measly 43% of his passes, 19 of 44, against the Colts’ defense that went into the game ranked 31st overall in the NFL against the pass. O’Brien backed up his new starting quarterback but left the door ajar for the possible signing of Kaepernick.
‘”I like the guys that we have and we’ll continue to try to coach them,” O’Brien said, via the Chronicle. “Colin Kaepernick is a good football player, hasn’t played in a while. These things are going to continue to be discussed,”
O’Brien also added that he’s studied film on Kaepernick since the quarterback’s days at Nevada.
“I’ve known him a long time,” O’Brien said.
Tony Dunge and Rodney Harrison, both former Super Bowl winners, claimed O’Brien would be crazy not to sign on Kaepernick.
After Houston’s loss to the Colts, Tony Dungy went on NBC’s “Football Night in America” and called for the Texans to sign Kaepernick and save their dying season.
“Sign Colin Kaepernick,” Dungy said. “You don’t have good quarterback play. When you have a mobile quarterback, your offense looks different. There is a mobile quarterback out there to get.”
Rodney Harrison also chimed in on the discussion and stated his understanding as to why it’s important for the Texans to sign Colin Kaepernick.
“As a player, I would lose all respect for my coaches and my organization if there was a guy out there that actually started a Super Bowl that is better than the guy that we have,” Harrison said. “How do you have confidence in your coach? How can you trust what your coach is trying to sell, the system that he is trying to sell, when he is not doing everything in his power to win football games?”
The addition to the Texans would seem like a no-brainer. Kaepernick has a similar skill set to Watson, which means the Texans could run more of the offense they ran with Watson, one thing that they cannot do with Tom Savage at the helm.
If Kaepernick were to sign with the Texans, that would also be good news for the NFL. Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Gergagos, has saidif Kaepernick gets signed. On Oct. 31, Geragos predicted that Kaepernick would have an NFL job by the end of this week.