Raiders QB Derek Carr is in favour of signing Kaepernick
The Las Vegas Raiders brought in Colin Kaepernick to try out for a backup quarterback role, and starter Derek Carr is all in favour.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr made it clear to reporters on Tuesday that he would have no issue with the team signing Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s workout with the Raiders on 25 May was his first private tryout in over five years, with the 34-year-old quarterback having last played in 2016.
He has remained unsigned since he became a polarising figure by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem to protest police brutality. His lawsuit against the NFL for collusion was settled in 2019. Carr also said that he voiced his approval to head coach Josh McDaniels before the Raiders brought Kaepernick – who was Carr’s conference rival at the college level – in for a workout last month.
“I’ve enjoyed my time around [Kaepernick],” Carr said. “I love him. Him and I would get along great. I remember our days back then, just watching him and what he did in college and getting to know him and talking to him on the phone and things like that. I’ve loved my time with him. I think he’s a great guy.”
The Raiders currently have Nick Mullens, Jarrett Stidham and Chase Garbers competing for backup duties, but Carr said Kaepernick, who guided the San Francisco 49ers into the 2013 Super Bowl, would be a good fit with the team. “For us, I think it’d be great,” he said. “I think for the most part, I think he’d get along just fine with our guys.”