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Colin Kaepernick’s potential NFL return was floated Thursday because the Los Angeles Chargers employed Jim Harbaugh as their subsequent head coach, changing Brandon Staley.

NFL insider Mike Florio questioned whether or not Kaepernick may be part of Harbaugh’s teaching workers in Los Angeles. Florio pointed to the pair’s historical past with the San Francisco 49ers and Kaepernick’s 2022 look throughout the Wolverines’ spring sport. 

He additionally citing reporting from 2022 that instructed Harbaugh was going to make the transfer if he took the Minnesota Vikings job.

Former Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman informed Fox Information Digital it might be a nasty transfer given the lengthy line of coaches and former gamers who’re ready to pounce on a gig like that.


San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman appears to be like on the scoreboard within the fourth quarter towards the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego Sept. 20, 2009. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA At the moment Sports activities)

“Completely not. And I believe it might be a horrible resolution,” stated Merriman, who’s getting ready for Lights Out Xtreme Preventing 14 subsequent month in Lengthy Seaside, California. “You bought lots of people on the market placing within the time, placing within the effort and is ready in line for these jobs and extra certified for these jobs. 

“And to leap over everyone else who spent their time, power, nonetheless in line and work their approach up, would simply be a slap within the face to everybody that’s been dedicated to elevating the bar.”


Kaepernick just lately endorsed his former coach earlier than Harbaugh determined to take the Chargers job.

“Harbaugh is the one coach you name whenever you need to compete for a championship. Interval,” he informed USA At the moment.

In 2020, Harbaugh informed The Athletic it was “absurd” Kaepernick didn’t have a job.

“I like Colin, did then, do now, all the time will,” Harbaugh stated. “I hope he will get a shot. I hope that he has an opportunity to play once more and that he does play. Simply my private view on it.”

Colin Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh

Colin Kaepernick interacts with Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh throughout a throwing exhibition at halftime of the Michigan spring soccer sport at Michigan Stadium April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Mich.  (Jaime Crawford/Getty Photographs)

Kaepernick has maintained he stays prepared if an NFL staff does come calling. It’s unclear whether or not he would need to grow to be a coach within the league.

He performed for Harbaugh from 2011 to 2014. The 2 received to 2 NFC championships and gained one. The staff practically defeated the Baltimore Ravens within the 2013 Tremendous Bowl. Kaepernick sought to hitch the New York Jets earlier within the 2023 season after Aaron Rodgers went down with an Achilles harm.

Kaepernick has not performed for the reason that 2016 season. His remaining look got here on Jan. 1, 2017, towards the Seattle Seahawks. He completed the 12 months with 2,241 passing yards, 16 landing passes and 4 interceptions. The 49ers had been 1-10 in 11 Kaepernick begins.

Since then, Kaepernick has been on the forefront of social activism, calling for the abolishment of the police and prisons in addition to likening the NFL Draft to a slave public sale. He accused NFL house owners of blackballing him from the league, and after the 2 sides settled, his two tryouts in entrance of scouts did not yield a contract with a staff.

Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick with the 49ers

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers shakes fingers with Colin Kaepernick throughout warmups previous to a sport towards the Arizona Cardinals at College of Phoenix Stadium Sept. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.   (Norm Corridor/Getty Photographs)


He additionally informed NPR in Could he has not seen any “substantial change” within the NFL in the case of the league addressing social injustice.

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