Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has penned a letter expressing his willingness to assist the struggling New York Jets. In a letter unveiled on Instagram by rapper J Cole, Kaepernick directed his message to Jets General Manager Joe Douglas. He expressed his eagerness to join the team, proposing to contribute as a practice squad member with a primary focus on preparing the defense for each upcoming game.
Following Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending Achilles injury during the opening game of the year, the Jets, who now hold a 1-2 record after a loss to the New England Patriots, have had to rely on Zach Wilson as their starting quarterback. Wilson has faced challenges in the position, prompting Kaepernick to offer his services.
Kaepernick stated, “I am confident in my ability to provide you with a top-tier QB option if, by chance, QB1 becomes unavailable. However, I understand there may be doubts about my playing abilities.” He suggested that this plan would allow him to support the team as a practice squad quarterback, offering the Jets a low-commitment opportunity to assess his capabilities in various roles.
He went on to say, “In the event of the least favorable outcome, you assess my capabilities and perhaps find them less than impressive. In the best-case scenario, you discover a valuable asset at your disposal if needed. Regardless, I am committed to preparing your defense week in and week out throughout the season, taking that responsibility as a badge of honor.”
Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has struggled since joining the Jets, which led to the acquisition of Aaron Rodgers in the offseason. Wilson’s recent performances have reinforced the need for quarterback alternatives, with even Joe Namath, the legendary Jets quarterback, advocating for a change.
To address this situation, the Jets signed veteran quarterback Trevor Siemian to the practice squad, but questions about Wilson’s suitability persist. Kaepernick proposed that signing him to the practice squad would facilitate better defensive preparation against mobile quarterbacks and allow team executives to assess his abilities without pressuring Wilson.
Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, addressed his prolonged absence, emphasizing his consistent training regimen over the past six years and his readiness for an opportunity.
In the letter, Kaepernick provided references from notable figures such as former 49ers head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly, as well as Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis.
Although unable to contribute on the field, Aaron Rodgers, now part of the Jets, aims to provide leadership and unity within the team, encouraging players to focus on their responsibilities and avoid internal conflicts.
Despite the challenges, the Jets face a demanding schedule, including a matchup against the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.