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Eagles’ Doug Pederson says ‘we consider everybody’ on whether Colin Kaepernick was an option at QB

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Following injuries to Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler, the Philadelphia Eagles were in prime position to add a backup quarterback. Their route: the recently retired Josh McCown. To the dismay of many, Colin Kaepernick was not signed.

On Sunday, that topic was brought up to head coach Doug Pederson. His response, via Pro Football Talk:

“We consider everybody, honestly. We consider everybody and do what’s best for the Eagles.”

It’s fair to wonder if Kaepernick’s lack of interest in the NFL can tie into the amount of money he wants. The quarterback reportedly wanted $20 million to play in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. Though it’s unknown how much he’d want to play in the NFL, that’s a high price point.

Though the Eagles did give McCown a $2 million guaranteed contract that can go up to $5.2 million — a substantial pay for a No. 2 — Kaepernick may not have been keen on a similar offer. He’s also three years removed from the NFL; meaning, it would take him some time to get back up to speed.

Kaepernick (and Carolina Panther safety Eric Reid) settled his collusion case with the NFL earlier in 2019. He’s recently mentioned, with that out of the way, he wants to play football again. Associated Press’ Rob Maadi quoted a source close to Kaepernick saying,

“Colin has always been prepared to compete at the highest level and is in the best shape of his life.”

Kaepernick hasn’t received public NFL interest since the Baltimore Ravens did in 2017. With teams dealing with injuries to backup quarterbacks, that may change.