Here's Why the Chiefs Should Sign Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs are currently backing up Patrick Mahomes with Jordan Ta'amu, an XFL standout, Chad Henne, who is about 85 years old, and Shea Patterson, who stinks. A better contingency plan is needed, and the Chiefs might need to swing for the fences to land the best possible option.

Given the NFL's recent retraction of their anti-protest sentiments, some around the league think that a path is being cleared for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to return to the pros.

Kaepernick's best bet is to land with a playoff team as a high-end backup, and the reigning Super Bowl champs look like a great fit for the former star given Andy Reid's high-octane offense.

Any situation where the No. 1 quarterback might be in danger of losing his starting job is not an ideal one for Kaepernick, as the media frenzy that would follow as soon as either party started to struggle would be too much to handle.

With a team like Kansas City that could guarantee him a backup role, he could give Patrick Mahomes more protection than someone like Henne or Matt Moore could offer. Furthermore, should Kaepernick be thrust into some live game action, Kansas City's willingness to go down the field and force the quarterback to make plays on the run fit right into Kaepernick's strengths.

With Reid often fancying himself the Father Flanagan of the NFL thanks to his penchant for taking on players the media has deemed controversial, he would have no problem adding a lightning rod like Kaepernick as a backup.

Also, did we overlook the fact the NFL changed its stance on peaceful protests because of Patrick Mahomes' presence in the players video that spoke out against social injustice and racism? Why not pair Kaep with the young MVP who helped change the league's ideologies?

Signing Kaepernick might not be for everyone, but it makes too much sense for Kansas City to take a chance on him.