5 options at QB if Vikings lose Kirk Cousins to injury in 2020

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Sign free agent Colin Kaepernick

His presence on this list will infuriate some readers. That’s fine. This is not intended to aggravate anyone’s sensitivities.

From a football (and hence business) perspective, an exploration into Colin Kaepernick‘s current ability to fill this hypothetical spot on the roster is prudent.

Whether one cares to admit it, Minneapolis, Minnesota is ground zero for race relations in the contemporary United States of America. And, it will be so until the next person of color dies in captured-on-video circumstances involving a police officer.

The hometown football team of that very city extending a gridiron olive branch to the ex-San Francisco 49ers passer makes sense. Especially in a bastion of inclusiveness as the city of Minneapolis aspires to be.

The colossal conundrum for this option is whether Kaepernick is still any good. He had mediocre campaigns in 2015 and 2016 before he was engulfed in controversy. Do you know who else had mediocre campaigns prior to finding some semblance of success? Guys like Case Keenum and Nick Foles.

And, Kaepernick has ample playoff experience and even a Super Bowl appearance. He also has a lifetime 4-1 record against the Green Bay Packers. Are you not entertained?

Overall, Kaepernick has an 88.9 career passer rating. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer, and Gary Kubiak would have to live under an enormous boulder to have not discussed the notion of signing Kaepernick. Even if he has only had one full winning season since entering the NFL.