All eyes in the NFL world will be set on Atlanta this Saturday, as Colin Kaepernick will take part in a workout for all interested teams -- and one notable organization that will send a representative to the private tryout happens to be the New England Patriots.
And if the defending Super Bowl champions really end up being interested in signing Kaepernick, it would make a ton of sense for them to do so.
Let's preface by saying that Kap's days as a full-time starting quarterback are likely gone, but he could serve as a valuable No. 2 guy in a league in which backups absolutely need to be ready (just ask Jacoby Brissett).
Everyone knows the grind an 16-game regular season plays on the human body. It especially takes a greater toll on older players. Look, Tom Brady is no spring chicken at the age of 42, and you never know what can happen on an NFL field. He could go down with a notable injury this weekend, for all we know.
As it sits right now, Cody Kessler would be the guy to enter the game for New England. Let's face it, Kessler's history shows that he wouldn't be able to lead a team to victory, regardless if Bill Belichick is his head coach.
Fourth-round rookie Jarrett Stidham is simply not ready to be the starter for a championship team, either. Kaepernick, who's been to the Super Bowl, would be the perfect fit in that situation as a bridge quarterback. He won't be the future of the franchise, but would give Stidham more time to study Belichick's playbook and progress into a quality operator.
Colin Kaepernick can provide the New England Patriots with a adequate contingency plan for the near future. The Patriots have given opportunities to other overlooked types over years. Why not him?